A yellowish oil obtained from whale blubber, formerly used in making soap and candles and as a lubricating oil and a fuel for lamps.
Any of various oils and fats extracted from the blubber of whales and used in the manufacture of soap and lubricants (formerly as an illuminating oil).
Whale-oil Sentence Examples
Tallow candles as a substitute for whale-oil had been introduced, and the British market was closed by a duty of £r8 a ton on oil; a bounty offered by the Massachusetts legislature (£5 on white and £ 3 on yellow or brown spermaceti, and £2 on whale-oil per ton) was of slight assistance.
Sometimes both whale and mineral oils are used, but in most cases the whale oil is omitted.
WHALE-OIL, the oil obtained from the blubber of various species of the genus Balaena, as B.
mysticetus, Greenland or "right" whale (northern whale-oil), B.