Sperm oil
Sperm Sperm, n.[Contr. fr. spermaceti.] Spermaceti. [1913 Webster]

{Sperm oil}, a fatty oil found as a liquid, with spermaceti, in the head cavities of the sperm whale.

{Sperm whale}. (Zo["o]l.) See in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sperm oil — ► NOUN ▪ an oil found with spermaceti in the head of the sperm whale, used formerly as a lubricant …   English terms dictionary

  • sperm oil — n. a valuable lubricating oil from the sperm whale …   English World dictionary

  • sperm oil — sperm′ oil n. chem. a thin, yellow, water insoluble liquid obtained from the sperm whale, used as a lubricant • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • sperm oil — noun an animal oil found in the blubber of the sperm whale • Hypernyms: ↑animal oil * * * noun Etymology: so called from its being found in the sperm whale : a pale yellow oil that is found with spermaceti in the head cavities and blubber of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sperm oil — Chem. a yellow, thin, water insoluble liquid obtained from the sperm whale, used chiefly as a lubricant in light machinery, as watches, clocks, and scientific apparatus. [1820 30] * * * ▪ oil       pale yellow oil obtained with spermaceti from… …   Universalium

  • sperm oil — /ˈspɜm ɔɪl/ (say sperm oyl) noun an oil from the sperm whale …   Australian English dictionary

  • sperm oil — noun Date: 1839 a pale yellow oil from the sperm whale …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sperm oil — noun an oil found with spermaceti in the head of the sperm whale, used formerly as a lubricant …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sperm whale — Sperm Whale[1] Size compared to an average human …   Wikipedia

  • Sperm — Sperm, n.[Contr. fr. spermaceti.] Spermaceti. [1913 Webster] {Sperm oil}, a fatty oil found as a liquid, with spermaceti, in the head cavities of the sperm whale. {Sperm whale}. (Zo[ o]l.) See in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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