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palpable
used in Moby Dick

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very apparent (so strong, it almost seems to take a material form that can be touched)
  • Much might be ruminated here, concerning the essential dignity of this regal process, because in common life we esteem but meanly and contemptibly a fellow who anoints his hair, and palpably smells of that anointing.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (5% in)
  • Nor, in quite other aspects, does Nature in her least palpable but not the less malicious agencies, fail to enlist among her forces this crowning attribute of the terrible.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (79% in)
  • So ignorant are most landsmen of some of the plainest and most palpable wonders of the world, that without some hints touching the plain facts, historical and otherwise, of the fishery, they might scout at Moby Dick as a monstrous fable, or still worse and more detestable, a hideous and intolerable allegory.
    Chapters 43-45 -- Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (58% in)
  • So like a choice casket is it secreted in him, that I have known some whalemen who peremptorily deny that the Sperm Whale has any other brain than that palpable semblance of one formed by the cubic-yards of his sperm magazine.
    Chapters 79-81 -- The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (19% in)
  • Soon that peculiar odor, sometimes to a great distance given forth by the living sperm whale, was palpable to all the watch; nor was any mariner surprised when, after inspecting the compass, and then the dog-vane, and then ascertaining the precise bearing of the odor as nearly as possible, Ahab rapidly ordered the ship's course to be slightly altered, and the sail to be shortened.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (1% in)

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