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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.
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This pattern is consistent with killer whales preferring the soft, blubbery harbour seal, but gradually "fishing down" the food chain, resorting to whatever they could catch.
Hunters favored bowheads' meat and blubbery skin, and large profits were made from the sale of their oil, baleen, and whale bone, which was used for corsets, buggy whips, watch springs, and fishing rods.
Typically carefree moments are found in "Metaphor of the Morning," in which we read "The morning is as clean and bright / as a freshly shaved cheek splashed with water / and rubbed with a new white towel" or in "Medieval Salad Bowl," in which we read "I don't see why I can't dive into that salad bowl / and rough up the lettuce, shaking my blubbery jowls / and uttering great guttural growls, Grrr." A couple of the most poignant or intimate moments are found in "To Anne Porter"--"The me myself floats up the evening street from work / a wisp of muscled doubt / invisible in the snow falling among traffic lights"--and in "Album," speaking of the body's matter: "They betray us, those molecules, we who have loved them.
However, those who venture too close risk the ire of big, blubbery bulls that dive in and swim full steam toward the intruders.
Ocean pout slither from rock to rock, seaweed patch to seaweed patch, their blubbery lips ready to wrap around any unsuspecting crab.
Florida's giant manatees are curiously gentle sea creatures -- whiskered, slow moving, and blubbery, with spatula-shaped tails, fingernailtipped flippers, and thick gray skin.
Like a stream of massive torpedoes, thousands of blubbery dynamos are making a southwest migration through the icy Arctic Ocean.
(She also manages to upstage that film's clinging, rather blubbery Eurydice, Marie Dea.) Though the new movie's garish, crayon-colored trappings and playful yet politicized tone couldn't possibly be further from Cocteau's swank cool, Diegues, too, cooks up a close encounter with a mirror and gives Death almost equal billing with the infamous title character.
Its blubbery mantle is striped and spotted with the blue, purple and green colors of healthy symbiotic algaes, giving it the look of a fashion model posing in a cemetery.
If you saw their big, blubbery bodies then, you'd know .
Two weird clowns--a blubbery henchman and a trench-coated spook--present these attractions with the air of sideshow barkers.