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Definitions of whalebone

  1. a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A firm, elastic substance resembling horn, taken from the upper jaw of the right whale; baleen. It is used as a stiffening in stays, fans, screens, and for various other purposes. See Baleen. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. An elastic substance from the upper jaw of the whale. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. A firm, elastic substance taken from the upper jaw of the whale. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. An elastic horny substance obtained from the upper jaw of the whale. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. Gentlemen who had lounged on sofas, and balanced themselves in chairs, all the way from Philadelphia, with all the conscious fascinations of stiff stays and neck- cloths, which, while doing to death the rash beauties who ventured to gaze, seemed but a whalebone panoply to guard the wearer, these pretty youths so guarded from without, so sweetly at peace within, now crushed beneath their armour, looked more like victims on the wheel, than dandies armed for conquest; their whalebones seemed to enter into their souls, and every face grew grim and scowling. – Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope
  2. Upon which Dalton soon found out one Whalebone a fellow of a like disposition with himself; and they went about stealing boats and negroes, running away with them and selling them in other colonies. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
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