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cachalot

[ kash-uh-lot, -loh ]
/ ˈkæʃ əˌlɒt, -ˌloʊ /
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noun

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Origin of cachalot

1740–50; <French ≪ Portuguese cacholote, equivalent to cachol(a) pate, noggin (of obscure origin) + -ote augmentative suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for cachalot

cachalot
/ (ˈkæʃəˌlɒt) /

noun

another name for sperm whale

Word Origin for cachalot

C18: from French, from Portuguese, cachalote, of unknown origin
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