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 Whale.Wharncliffe (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Whalebone (2 syl.).
 
White as whalebone. Our forefathers seemed to confuse the walrus with the whale; ivory was made from the teeth of the walrus, and “white as whalebone” is really a blunder for “white as walrusivory.”   1
 


 Whale.Wharncliffe (2 syl.). 

 
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