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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sperm-whale the cachalot, a species of whale from which spermaceti is obtained
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sperma—Gr. sperma, spermatosspeirein, to sow.


In literature:

But where were the sperm whales all this time?
"Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas" by Herman Melville
These Sperm Whales inhabit warm seas, but others of the Whale family haunt colder regions.
"Within the Deep" by R. Cadwallader Smith
This bone is thought to be the tooth of the sperm whale.
"My Native Land" by James Cox
On the same evening we saw a herd of sperm whales.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
Instances of the combativeness of the sperm-whale are not confined to the records of the whale fishery.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
The day before we made it we saw two shoals of sperm-whales.
"An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island" by John Hunter
I note this, because these bays are famous in the annals of the Sperm Whale Fishery.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
In the first season we killed no less than six sperm whales, and could have taken more, but were short of barrels.
""Old Mary"" by Louis Becke
I've just come from Port Jackson, and am bound to the East Indies, sperm-whaling.
"Rodman The Boatsteerer And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
After "trying-out" Foster kept on to the northward to the sperm-whaling grounds in the Moluccas.
"Foster's Letter Of Marque" by Louis Becke
There are several records of such strange mistakes on the part of the great sperm whale.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
It was the spurious or rudimentary dorsal fin, with which the sperm-whale is provided.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
The sperm whale population was in decline.
"Sympathetic Magic" by Paul Cameron Brown
Exciting chases in pursuit of the sperm whale sometimes take place in the channel between Fayal and Pico.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
He examined the body with interest, fingering the two inch-long teeth, which even the mighty sperm whale fears and flees from.
"Seed of the Arctic Ice" by H. G. Winter
Three threshers went after a big cow sperm whale and her enormous infant, in shallow water.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
From a single sperm whale he realized more than a hundred thousand dollars.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
Near the gate of the chief mosque stood an enormous skull, apparently that of a sperm-whale.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
Thrasher whales and sperm whales were seen which aroused the old whaling thrill in my heart.
"The Wanderings of a Spiritualist" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sperm Whale is chiefly a tropical animal.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard

In poetry:

A neat little packet from Hobart set sail,
For to cruise round the west’ard amongst the sperm whale;
Cruising the west’ard where the stormy winds blow,
Bound away in the ‘Waterwitch’ to the west’ard we’ll go.
"The ‘Waterwitch’" by Anonymous Oceania
All the whales in the wider deeps, hot are they, as they urge
on and on, and dive beneath the icebergs.
The right whales, the sperm-whales, the hammer-heads, the killers
there they blow, there they blow, hot wild white breath out of
the sea!
"Whales Weep Not!" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Together they discuss how a group of dedicated individuals can and are making a difference, as we continue our search for sperm whales in the central tropical pacific.
The fluke of a male sperm whale.
A sperm whale that measured up to 59 feet long and lived some 12 million to 13 million years ago used to hunt smaller whales.
First there was whale sperm in hair conditioner (and whale vomit in perfume).
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Information, Greenpeace Dead sperm whale discovered by the NOAA research vessel Pisces on June 15, 2010.
Malnourished sperm whale came ashore to die.
Preparing a Sperm Whale Skeleton for Display Listen to the Odyssey log: Real Audio - >28k >64k.
A Sperm Whale Stranding in Darwin Listen to the Odyssey log: Real Audio - >28k >64k.
The diagram of parts of the nose of a sperm whale.
Whale sperm is not the reason the world's oceans are salty .
Beautiful video of sperm whales just beginning to drift off to sleep off northern Chile.
A peek inside this unsavory biz came with the guilty pleas April 26 of two men tied to a ring that smuggled the teeth of sperm whales– an endangered species – into the United States.
The Sperm Whale's Deadly Call.
Visit from an Infant Sperm Whale.
An infant sperm whale, separated from its mother, swims remarkably close to cameraman Doug Allan, and as it approaches, calls out with a series of loud coda clicks.