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excavate
used in Moby Dick

3 uses
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Definition
to dig out
in various senses, including:
  • remove or lay bare — as when removing top soil to lay a foundation
  • find or uncover — as at an archaeological site
  • remove a part — as a tooth from the gum that surrounds it
  • Seizing his sharp boat-spade, he commenced an excavation in the body, a little behind the side fin.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (43% in)
  • The consequence is, that upon breaking into the hold, and unloading one of these whale cemeteries, in the Greenland dock, a savor is given forth somewhat similar to that arising from excavating an old city grave-yard, for the foundations of a Lying-in-Hospital.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (61% in)
  • Among the more curious of such remains is part of a skull, which in the year 1779 was disinterred in the Rue Dauphine in Paris, a short street opening almost directly upon the palace of the Tuileries; and bones disinterred in excavating the great docks of Antwerp, in Napoleon's time.
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (41% in)

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