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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. 2018.
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  • But the whaleman, as he seeks the food of light, so he lives in light.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • 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
  • They put him down among the sailors, and made a whaleman of him.

    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
  • The scenes in a whaleman's life are varied and very stirring.

    Fighting the Whales

    R. M. Ballantyne
  • Of all classes of fishermen, the whaleman takes the precedence.

    The Arctic Whaleman Lewis Holmes
  • The great hulk had no mark of the sword-fish or the whaleman's lance.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • The whole party were now "under hatches," and examining the wonders of a whaleman's cabin.

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • The lily-iron is, in principle, exactly what a whaleman would describe by the word “toggle.”

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The whaleman, in particular, has frequent cause to feel how narrowly he has escaped such dangers.

    There She Blows! William Hussey Macy

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