noun. a white waxy substance from oil of the sperm whale.
Example sentences of the word spermaceti
The name of the sperm whale comes from a waxy substance called spermaceti located inside the whale's head, rather than anything dealing with reproduction.
2. Noun, singular or mass
It was this spermaceti -- which was burned in oil lamps and used for making candles, cosmetics and lubricants -- that made the sperm whale so attractive to the whaling industry of the 1800s.
Odoriferous lard is an historical footnote, as are spermaceti candles.
4. Verb, base form
Jojoba is chemically similar to spermaceti and so can be used in many of the same products with similar results.