Examples from the Web for whalebone
The suffragettes got us the vote and they did it in whalebone corsets.
What one saw was not buckram, whalebone, paint, and false hair.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
A whale, of which the whalebone blades are six feet or upwards in length; the harpooner gets a bonus for striking a "size-fish."The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
She was, indeed, a tireless creature and supple as a whalebone.The Black Pearl|Mrs. Wilson Woodrow