a thin strip of this substance, as for stiffening a corset.
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How to use whalebone in a sentence
The suffragettes got us the vote and they did it in whalebone corsets.
These steel ribs and this whalebone make it more like a piece of harness than anything else I can think of.The value of a praying mother | Isabel C. Byrum
She bit and thrashed and tore at him, her bare little body hard as whalebone and slippery with sweat.The Stars, My Brothers | Edmond Hamilton
The travellers consisted of an old French lady and gentleman; Madame in a high crimped cap, and stiff long whalebone stays.
Well, if the oil is replaced and whalebone has no value, what is to be got out of whaling now, then?The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
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
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
a thin strip of this substance, used in stiffening corsets, bodices, etc
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