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Main Entry: 1whale
Pronunciation: primarystresshwamacr(schwa)l, primarystresswamacr(schwa)l
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural whales or whale
Etymology: Old English hwæl "whale"
: a water-dwelling mammal (as a humpback whale or a killer whale) that is a cetacean of usually very large size with a torpedo-shaped body, front limbs modified into flippers but no hind limbs, and a tail flattened and extended to the sides as flukes and that usually breathes through an opening on top of the head -- compare BALEEN WHALE, TOOTHED WHALE
2 : something large enough to catch attention <it made a whale of a difference>


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