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girth
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
the distance around something such as a body or a tree

or:

a band around a horse's belly that holds the saddle in place
  • In the length he attains, and in his baleen, the Fin-back resembles the right whale, but is of a less portly girth, and a lighter colour, approaching to olive.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (43% in)
  • In shape, he differs in some degree from the Huzza Porpoise, being of a less rotund and jolly girth; indeed, he is of quite a neat and gentleman-like figure.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (80% in)
  • And what is still more, for many feet after emerging from the brain's cavity, the spinal cord remains of an undecreasing girth, almost equal to that of the brain.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (28% in)
  • Reckoning the largest sized Sperm Whale's tail to begin at that point of the trunk where it tapers to about the girth of a man, it comprises upon its upper surface alone, an area of at least fifty square feet.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (24% in)
  • For, suspended in those watery vaults, floated the forms of the nursing mothers of the whales, and those that by their enormous girth seemed shortly to become mothers.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (84% in)
  • One of these little infants, that from certain queer tokens seemed hardly a day old, might have measured some fourteen feet in length, and some six feet in girth.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (85% in)

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