[ hweyl-bohn, weyl- ]

  1. a thin strip of this substance, as for stiffening a corset.

Origin of whalebone

First recorded in 1600–10; whale1 + bone

Words Nearby whalebone

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How to use whalebone in a sentence

  • But within the last ten years there have been so many substitutes for whalebone that its value has gone down.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for whalebone


/ (ˈweɪlˌbəʊn) /

  1. Also called: baleen a horny elastic material forming a series of numerous thin plates that hang from the upper jaw on either side of the palate in the toothless (whalebone) whales and strain plankton from water entering the mouth

  2. a thin strip of this substance, used in stiffening corsets, bodices, etc

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