Origin of cachalot
1740–50; < French ≪ Portuguese cacholote, equivalent to cachol(a) pate, noggin (of obscure origin) + -ote augmentative suffix
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Examples from the Web for cachalot
If it be the whale-ship, reasoned he, she must have come back in search of the cachalot.
There were several sharks playing around the tail of the cachalot.
But it may, perhaps, be significant that a cachalot was stranded off Sark on June 3.The Plattner Story and Others
H. G. Wells
Sir W. Flower and many others are of opinion that there is but one species of Cachalot.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Spermaceti, the solid waxy body carried round in the Cachalot's head in solution, is a valuable whale-product.The New North
Agnes Deans Cameron
- another name for sperm whale
C18: from French, from Portuguese, cachalote, of unknown origin
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