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Definition of Physeter macrocephalus
Physeter macrocephalusSperm whale Sperm" whale` (Zo["o]l.)
A very large toothed whale (Physeter macrocephalus), having
a head of enormous size. The upper jaw is destitute of teeth.
In the upper part of the head, above the skull, there is a
large cavity, or case, filled with oil and spermaceti. This
whale sometimes grows to the length of more than eighty feet.
It is found in the warmer parts of all the oceans. Called
also cachalot, and spermaceti whale.
Pygmy sperm whale (Zo["o]l.), a small whale (Kogia
breviceps), seldom twenty feet long, native of tropical
seas, but occasionally found on the American coast. Called
also snub-nosed cachalot.
Sperm-whale porpoise (Zo["o]l.), a toothed cetacean
(Hypero["o]don bidens), found on both sides of the
Atlantic and valued for its oil. The adult becomes about
twenty-five feet long, and its head is very large and
thick. Called also bottle-nosed whale. Physeter macrocephalusAmbergris Am"ber*gris, n. [F. ambre gris, i. e., gray amber;
F. gris gray, which is of German origin: cf. OS. gr[^i]s, G.
greis, gray-haired. See Amber.]
A substance of the consistence of wax, found floating in the
Indian Ocean and other parts of the tropics, and also as a
morbid secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale
(Physeter macrocephalus), which is believed to be in all
cases its true origin. In color it is white, ash-gray,
yellow, or black, and often variegated like marble. The
floating masses are sometimes from sixty to two hundred and
twenty-five pounds in weight. It is wholly volatilized as a
white vapor at 212[deg] Fahrenheit, and is highly valued in
perfumery. --Dana. Physeter macrocephalusCachalot Cach"a*lot, n. [F. cachalot.] (Zo["o]l.)
The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). It has in the top
of its head a large cavity, containing an oily fluid, which,
after death, concretes into a whitish crystalline substance
called spermaceti. See Sperm whale.
Meaning of Physeter macrocephalus from wikipedia
- (Physeter macrocephalus
) is the largest
of the toothed whales
and the largest toothed
predator. It is the only living member
of the genus Physeter
is a genus
is only one living species
in this genus: the sperm whale
). Two fossil species
13.5–17.5 m (44–57 ft), similar
to the modern sperm whale
it one of the largest predators
to have ever existed. The...
- fossil representatives
of both families
are known. The sperm whale
) is the largest species
whale, with adult bulls
- S. & Whitehead, H. (2000). "The Diet of Galapagos sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus
by faecal sample
analysis". Marine Mammal
on sperm whales
), and one instance against
a calf of a humpback whale
- for the male. North
were called Physeter
for the sperm whale Physter macrocephalus
in the generation
of sound. In the modern sperm whale
), it is far larger
to the animal’s body than what...
- used in capturing large
prey. In contrast, the modern sperm whale
in the upper
jaw, and the ability
to use its...
- in both the upper
the modern sperm whale
) lacks. It also had a beak, the ability
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