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[kash-uh-lot, -loh] /ˈkæʃ əˌlɒt, -ˌloʊ/
Origin of cachalot
1740-50; < FrenchPortuguese cacholote, equivalent to cachol(a) pate, noggin (of obscure origin) + -ote augmentative suffix Unabridged
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  • To any one studying the peculiar configuration of a cachalot's mouth, it would appear a difficult problem how the calf could suck.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Frank T. Bullen
  • Sir W. Flower and many others are of opinion that there is but one species of cachalot.

  • But it may, perhaps, be significant that a cachalot was stranded off Sark on June 3.

  • The cachalot has horrible jaws, and no fewer than forty-eight enormous teeth; he could with ease devour all; both boat and man.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • If it be the whale-ship, reasoned he, she must have come back in search of the cachalot.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • First, there is the horrible cachalot, whose head makes a full third of its entire frame.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • 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
  • The crane itself consisted of the long iron arrow and socket of one of the harpoons found in the carcass of the cachalot.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • Still, as a practice, these creatures leave the cachalot respectfully alone, knowing instinctively that he is not their game.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Frank T. Bullen
  • We left the crew of the Catamaran in full occupation,—“smoking” shark-flesh on the back of a cachalot whale.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for cachalot


another name for sperm whale
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Portuguese, cachalote, of unknown origin
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