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[hweyl-muh n, weyl-] /ˈʰweɪl mən, ˈweɪl-/
noun, plural whalemen.
a person whose occupation is whaling; whaler.
Origin of whaleman
An Americanism dating back to 1655-65; whale1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Paxton, the whaleman, now stood up in the boat to take an observation of the 15 land.

  • They put him down among the sailors, and made a whaleman of him.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The whaleman, in particular, has frequent cause to feel how narrowly he has escaped such dangers.

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy
  • And if ever I go where Pliny is, I, a whaleman (more than he was), will make bold to tell him so.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • One whaleman has estimated it at the weight of twenty line-of-battle ships, with all their guns, and stores, and men on board.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • It was at this moment that I came as close to death as ever whaleman experienced.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • I remembered a story of a white man—a whaleman too—who, falling among the cannibals, had been tattooed by them.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The scenes in a whaleman's life are varied and very stirring.

    Fighting the Whales R. M. Ballantyne
  • The whaleman, being more or less of a celebrity, had attracted the bright glances of several Tchuktchi maidens.

  • The lily-iron is, in principle, exactly what a whaleman would describe by the word “toggle.”

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey

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