Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Whale.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Not a fish, but a cetaceous mammal.   1
A group of whales is called a school.
The fat is called blubber.
The female is called a cow.
The fore-limbs are called paddles.
The male is called a bull-whale.
The spear used in whale-fishing is called a harpoon.
The young of whales is a cub or calf.
   TOOTHED-WHALES include sperm-whales and dolphins.   2
   WHALE-BONE WHALES include rorquals and humpbacks.   3



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