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Meaning of spermaceti

sper•ma•cet•i

Pronunciation: (spûr"mu-set'ē, -sē'tē), [key]
— n. Chem., Pharm.
  1. a pearly white, waxy, translucent solid, obtained from the oil in the head of the sperm whale: used chiefly in cosmetics and candles, and as an emollient. Also called
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