What does the word whalebone mean?

Usage examples for whalebone

  1. The cuirass of steel, whalebone, kid, and linen which molded her body to a fashionable figure seemed to be closing in on her heart and lungs with a stifling clutch. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  2. The use of bougies has taken a secondary place since the introduction of these methods of examination, but, when other means are not available, the passage of bougies having a whalebone shaft and a series of metal heads shaped like an olive, may give useful information regarding the site, number, and size of the strictures that require to be dealt with. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  3. When the yelpings grew too loud Kotuko lazily rolled off the sleeping- bench, and picked up a whip with an eighteen- inch handle of springy whalebone, and twenty- five feet of heavy, plaited thong. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
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