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(Encyclopedia) whale, aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, found in all oceans of the world. Members of this order vary greatly in size and include the largest animals that have ever lived. Cetaceans…


(Encyclopedia) whaling, the hunting of whales for the oil that can be rendered from their flesh, for meat, and for baleen (whalebone). Historically, whale oil was economically the most important.…

Brewer's: Whale

Not a fish, but a cetaceous mammal. A group of whales is called a school. The fat is called blubber. The female is called a cow…

Brewer's: Jonah and the Whale

Mr. Colbert, Professor of Astronomy in Chicago, in a chapter on “Star Grouping,” tells us that the whale referred to is the star-group “Cetus,” and that Jonah is the “Moon passing through…

black whale

(Encyclopedia) black whale, name for the right whale and for the sperm whale.

Bay of Whales

(Encyclopedia) Bay of Whales: see Ross Sea; Antarctica.

right whale

(Encyclopedia) right whale, name for whales of the family Balaenidae. They were so named by whalers, who for centuries considered them the right whales to hunt, because they float when killed and…