factory ship: Meaning and Definition of

fac'tory ship"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a whaling ship equipped to process killed whales and to transport the oil and by-products.
  2. Also calleda large fishing vessel, usually a stern trawler, equipped for processing and freezing fish at sea.
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