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whale oil

oil rendered from whale blubber, formerly widely used as a fuel for lamps and for making soap and candles.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
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  • And as the nation became industrialized, whale oil also filled the need for a fine lubricant.
  • People now use petroleum instead of whale oil and spring steel instead of baleen.
British Dictionary definitions for whale oil

whale oil

oil obtained either from the blubber of whales (train oil) or the head of the sperm whale (sperm oil)
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Encyclopedia Article for whale oil

any oil derived from any species of whale, including sperm oil from sperm whales, train oil from baleen whales, and melon oil from small toothed whales.

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