whale oil

noun
oil rendered from whale blubber, formerly widely used as a fuel for lamps and for making soap and candles.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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whale oil
 
n
oil obtained either from the blubber of whales (train oil) or the head of the sperm whale (sperm oil)

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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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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.
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