spermaceti-whale love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sperm-whale.


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  • To the qualities of the oils thus described, it is to be added, that an individual has discovered methods, 1. of converting a great part of the oils of the spermaceti-whale, into the solid substance called spermaceti, heretofore produced from his head alone; 2. of refining the Greenland whale-oil, so as to take from it all smell, and render it limpid and luminous as that of the spermaceti-whale; 3. of curdling the oil of the Brazil whale into tallow, resembling that of beef, and answering all its purposes.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 2


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