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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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
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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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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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