Definition of Physeter catodon
1. Noun. Large whale with a large cavity in the head containing spermaceti and oil; also a source of ambergris.
Generic synonyms: Toothed Whale
Group relationships: Genus Physeter, Physeter
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Literary usage of Physeter catodon
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1. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1841)
"... the whale, the walrus, narwhal (physeter macrocephalus), seal, dolphin, white fish (physeter catodon) and some other kinds are caught. ..."
2. A View of the Ancient and Present State of the Zetland Islands: Including by Arthur Edmondston (1809)
"This species is more rare than the former. MUSCULUS, (Lin. syst.} Round-lipped Whale, appears sometimes in summer. physeter catodon, (Lin. syst. ..."