An oil found with spermaceti in the head of the sperm whale, used formerly as a lubricant.
- 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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