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Meaning of WHALEBONE

Pronunciation:  'weyl`bown

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets

WHALEBONE is a 9 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: baleen
 See Also: horn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Whale"bone`\, n.
A firm, elastic substance resembling horn, taken from the
upper jaw of the right whale; baleen. It is used as a
stiffening in stays, fans, screens, and for various other
purposes. See {Baleen}.

Note: Whalebone is chiefly obtained from the bowhead, or
      Greenland, whale, the Biscay whale, and the Antarctic,
      or southern, whale. It is prepared for manufacture by
      being softened by boiling, and dyed black.