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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwhalebonewhale‧bone /ˈweɪlbəʊn $ -boʊn/ noun [uncountable]  TIHBAa hard substance taken from the upper jaw of whales, used in the past for making women’s clothes stiff
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whaleboneThe cetaceans are divided into two groups: the baleen whales which have whalebone instead of teeth and the toothed whales.It yielded twenty-five whales, seventeen hundred barrels of oil, and three tons of whalebone.From the whalebone bodices of the nineteen hundreds to the flimsy teasers of the nineties.
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