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Definition of sperm whale noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sperm whale

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈspɜːm weɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrm weɪl//
 
 
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a large whale that is hunted for its oil and fat Word Originmid 19th cent.: sperm, abbreviation of spermaceti.
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