Definition of whale oil in English:

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whale oil


[mass noun]
Oil obtained from the blubber of a whale, formerly used in oil lamps or for making soap.
Example sentences
  • An oil room had a collection of various lubricants, including linseed oil, whale oil, lard, molasses, tallow, and grease.
  • That Olympia was once rebuilt for me at a shop in Iceland where they used whale oil to lubricate the mechanism.
  • Unlike whale oil, copper wiring and even coal, oil is the foundation of everything we do: farming, fishing, manufacturing, transport, trade.

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