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whale oil

noun
1.
oil rendered from whale blubber, formerly widely used as a fuel for lamps and for making soap and candles.
Origin of whale oil
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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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

noun
1.
oil obtained either from the blubber of whales (train oil) or the head of the sperm whale (sperm oil)
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