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gestation
used in Moby Dick

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the period during which an embryo develops (about 9 months in humans)

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the conception and development of an idea or plan
  • * *The sperm whale, as with all other species of the Leviathan, but unlike most other fish, breeds indifferently at all seasons; after a gestation which may probably be set down at nine months, producing but one at a time; though in some few known instances giving birth to an Esau and Jacob:—a contingency provided for in suckling by two teats, curiously situated, one on each side of the anus; but the breasts themselves extend upwards from that.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (88% in)

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