one who wrongfully seizes and holds the place of another
And here be it said, that the Greenland Whale is an
usurper upon the throne of the seas.
A walrus spouts much like a whale, but the walrus is not a fish, because he is amphibious. but the last term of the definition is still more
cogent, as coupled with the first.
identifying words by which someone or something is called
And so the
appellation must at last have come to be bestowed upon the whale from which this spermaceti was really derived.
too numerous to be counted
Among the fishermen, he is indiscriminately designated by all the following titles: The Whale; the Greenland Whale; the Black Whale; the Great Whale; the True Whale; the Right Whale. there is a deal of obscurity concerning the identity of the species thus
make clear and comprehensible
The Right Whale will be elsewhere treated of at some length, with reference to
elucidating the Sperm Whale.
a system of words used to name things in a discipline
In connexion with this appellative of 'Whalebone whales', it is of great importance to mention, that however such a
nomenclature may be convenient in facilitating allusions to some kind of whales, yet it is in vain to attempt a clear classification of the Leviathan, founded upon either his baleen, or hump, or fin, or teeth; notwithstanding that those marked parts or features very obviously seem better adapted to afford the basis for a regular system of Cetology than any other detached
full and loud and deep
Though this fish, whose loud
sonorous breathing, or rather blowing, has furnished a proverb to landsmen, is so well known a denizen of the deep, yet is he not popularly classed among whales.
a plant or animal naturalized in a region
Though this fish, whose loud sonorous breathing, or rather blowing, has furnished a proverb to landsmen, is so well known a
denizen of the deep, yet is he not popularly classed among whales.
warning of future misfortune
By some fishermen his approach is regarded as
premonitory of the advance of the great Sperm Whale.
seclude from the world
cloistered old authors I have gathered that this same sea-unicorn's horn was in ancient days regarded as the great antidote against poison, and as such, preparations of it brought immense prices.
in a heroic or brave manner
Black Letter tells me that Sir Martin Frobisher on his return from that voyage, when Queen Bess did
gallantly wave her jewelled hand to him from a window of Greenwich Palace, as his bold ship sailed down the Thames; when Sir Martin returned from that voyage, saith Black Letter, on bended knees he presented to her highness a prodigious long horn of the Narwhale, which for a long period after hung in the castle at Windsor.
so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
Black Letter tells me that Sir Martin Frobisher on his return from that voyage, when Queen Bess did gallantly wave her jewelled hand to him from a window of Greenwich Palace, as his bold ship sailed down the Thames; when Sir Martin returned from that voyage, saith Black Letter, on bended knees he presented to her highness a
prodigious long horn of the Narwhale, which for a long period after hung in the castle at Windsor.
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
An Irish author
avers that the Earl of Leicester, on bended knees, did likewise present to her highness another horn, pertaining to a land beast of the unicorn nature.
perceptible by the senses or intellect
Indeed, his spout is so small that it is not very readily
lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
From Icelandic, Dutch, and old English authorities, there might be quoted other lists of uncertain whales, blessed with all manner of
deserving of contempt or scorn
But as these pig-fish are a nosy,
contemptible set, mostly lurking in the mouths of rivers, and feeding on wet hay, and especially as they do not spout, I deny their credentials as whales; and have presented them with their passports to quit the kingdom of Cetology.
make concrete and real
That certain sultanism of his brain, which had otherwise in a good degree remained unmanifested; through those forms that same sultanism became
incarnate in an irresistible dictatorship.
one of the common people
But when, as in the case of Nicholas the Czar, the ringed crown of geographical empire encircles an imperial brain; then, the
plebeian herds crouch abased before the tremendous centralization.
money or goods contributed to the poor
And when reaching out his knife and fork, between which the slice of beef was locked, Ahab thereby motioned Starbuck's plate towards him, the mate received his meat as though receiving
alms; and cut it tenderly; and a little started if, perchance, the knife grazed against the plate; and chewed it noiselessly; and swallowed it, not without circumspection.
being essentially equal to something
For Flask to have presumed to help himself, this must have seemed to him
tantamount to larceny in the first degree.
the immediate descendants of a person
He was naturally a very nervous, shuddering sort of little fellow, this bread-faced steward; the
progeny of a bankrupt baker and a hospital nurse.
marked by temperance in indulgence
But for all this, the great negro was wonderfully
abstemious, not to say dainty.
occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
How could he forget that in his Island days, Queequeg, for one, must certainly have been guilty of some murderous,
severe, of weather
Concerning all this, it is much to be deplored that the mast-heads of a southern whale ship are unprovided with those enviable little tents or pulpits, called crow's-nests, in which the lookouts of a Greenland whaler are protected from the
inclement weather of the frozen seas.
add details, as to an account or idea
Now, as the business of standing mast-heads, ashore or afloat, is a very ancient and interesting one, let us in some measure
express criticism towards
Very often do the captains of such ships take those absent-minded young philosophers to task,
upbraiding them with not feeling sufficient 'interest' in the voyage; half-hinting that they are so hopelessly lost to all honorable ambition, as that in their secret souls they would rather not see whales than otherwise.
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
Then tossing both arms, with measureless
imprecations he shouted out: 'Aye, aye! and I'll chase him round Good Hope, and round the horn, and round the norway maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up.
a large metal or pottery vessel with a handle and spout
'Drink and pass!' he cried, handing the heavy charged
flagon to the nearest seaman.
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil
The long, barbed steel goblets were lifted; and to cries and
maledictions against the white whale, the spirits were simultaneously quaffed down with a hiss.
someone who fights with his fists for sport
I laugh and hoot at ye, ye cricket-players, ye
pugilists, ye deaf Burkes and blinded Bendigoes!