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white whale

noun
1.
beluga (def 2).
Origin of white whale
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90
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  • "That is because you abused me," he cried, as the white whale dragged her into the sea.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • So that what you take for the white whale's malice is only his awkwardness.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Here have I heard all their chat just now, and the white whale—shirr!

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The sewing is done with thread made of deer or white whale sinews.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • There are a few shallow bays to which the white whale resorts in the summer.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • A white whale had been seen and chased by the men and women.

    North-Pole Voyages Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • There is the seal, the walrus, the narwhal, and the white whale.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • Before we landed we watched the Eskimos harpoon a white whale.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • The narwhal and the white whale are hunted in the same way as the walrus and the right whale.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • The white whale dragged the mother into the sea, and whenever she rose to the surface she cried, Louk!

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
British Dictionary definitions for white whale

white whale

noun
1.
a small white toothed whale, Delphinapterus leucas, of northern waters: family Monodontidae Also called beluga
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