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elegant
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Moby Dick
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  • Though none of the most elegant, it yet stood the scrutiny tolerably well.
  • One voyager in Purchas calls them the wondrous "whiskers" inside of the whale’s mouth;* another, "hogs’ bristles"; a third old gentleman in Hackluyt uses the following elegant language: "There are about two hundred and fifty fins growing on each side of his upper CHOP, which arch over his tongue on each side of his mouth."

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as in: an elegant gown Define
refined and tasteful in appearance, behavior or style
as in: as elegant equation Define
a solution that is simpler (and often more comprehensive) than most would anticipate
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