blubber


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blubber

(blŭb′ər)
n.
1. The thick layer of fat between the skin and the muscle layers of whales and other marine mammals, from which an oil is obtained.
2. Excessive body fat.
adj.
Swollen and protruding: blubber cheeks.

blub′ber·y adj.

blubber

the thick layer of fat deposited below the DERMIS which acts as a thermal insulation layer in some mammals, e.g. whales, seals.
References in classic literature ?
Now the girl from the North had been lying near the lamp, eating very little and saying less for days past; but when Amoraq and Kadlu next morning packed and lashed a little hand- sleigh for Kotuko, and loaded it with his hunting-gear and as much blubber and frozen seal-meat as they could spare, she took the pulling-rope, and stepped out boldly at the boy's side.
It was good to eat seal-liver again; to fill the lamps recklessly with blubber, and watch the flame blaze three feet in the air; but as soon as the new sea-ice bore, Kotuko and the girl loaded the hand-sleigh, and made the two dogs pull as they had never pulled in their lives, for they feared what might have happened in their village.
An hour later the lamps blazed in Kadlu's house; snow-water was heating; the pots were beginning to simmer, and the snow was dripping from the roof, as Amoraq made ready a meal for all the village, and the boy-baby in the hood chewed at a strip of rich nutty blubber, and the hunters slowly and methodically filled themselves to the very brim with seal-meat.
'I'm a bit of a blubber DIY SOS makes me cry every time I watch it!'
Whale meat and blubber? And yes, I'd blubber if there was no more deep fried cod in crispy batter.
fossilised blubber from an ancient marine reptile that lived 180 million
Summary: Known to harm brains and trigger cancer in killer whales, PCBs remain the highest chemical contaminant found in the species' blubber
While locals have been carrying out the annual hunts ahead of the sparse winter months for centuries, with the meat served salted or cut into steaks and the blubber sliced up and eaten raw, the practice often come off as shocking and gruesome to outsiders.
Scientists may have discovered a way to make 'artificial blubber' that makes wetsuits more resistant to cold water, thereby giving divers better protection and longer dive times.
According to the report, researchers used the slaughtered whales to collect data on their blubber and internal organs.
Puffins duel skuas, sea lions team up to catch tuna, and gigantic seals create an astonishing wall of blubber.