whale oil


noun

oil rendered from whale blubber, formerly widely used as a fuel for lamps and for making soap and candles.

Origin of whale oil

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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whale oil


noun

oil obtained either from the blubber of whales (train oil) or the head of the sperm whale (sperm oil)
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