Definition of cachalot in English:


Line breaks: cach|alot
Pronunciation: /ˈkaʃəlɒt


Old-fashioned term for sperm whale.
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  • The sperm whale, or cachalot, is one of the cetaceans, a group of marine mammals whose ancestors were probably land animals.
  • Toothed whales are divided into three groups: the cachalots, the porpoises and the dolphins.
  • They have plenty of natural enemies - cachalots, swordfish, and sawfish - without you troubling them.


mid 18th century: from French, from Spanish and Portuguese cachalote, from cachola 'big head'.

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