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White whale   /waɪt weɪl/   Listen
White whale

Small northern whale that is white when adult.  Synonyms: beluga, Delphinapterus leucas.

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"White whale" Quotes from Famous Books

... you think of that now, Flask? ain't there a small drop of something queer about that, eh? A white whale—did ye mark that, man? Look ye—there's something special in the wind. Stand by for it, Flask. Ahab has that that's bloody on his mind. But, mum; he comes ...
— Moby Dick; or The Whale • Herman Melville

... fish was observed close to the vessel. He was from twenty to thirty feet long, and must have been either a white whale or a shark swimming on his back, and so snowy white as to make the sea, which was of a beautiful clear ultramarine blue, look pale green above him, like water over a coral reef. The creature did not rise above the surface, so we had not a good view of him, ...
— The Last Voyage - to India and Australia, in the 'Sunbeam' • Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

Words linked to "White whale" :   dolphin, Delphinapterus leucas, genus Delphinapterus, beluga, Delphinapterus

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