Definition of sperm oil in English:

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sperm oil

Pronunciation: /ˈspərm ˌoil/

noun

An oil found with spermaceti in the head of the sperm whale, used formerly as a lubricant.
Example sentences
  • Upon his return from his whaling voyages, his ships were laden with typical whaling ship cargo like sperm oil and whalebone.
  • But then, Melville goes on to proclaim that the sweetest oil of all, is pure unadulterated sperm oil - the ‘ointment of kings’, and so on.
  • This carbon oil replaced coal oil used in lamps, made from coal, and sperm oil which was becoming scarce.

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Syllabification: sperm oil

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