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unsavory
used in Moby Dick

3 uses
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Definition
morally offensive;
or: not pleasing in odor or taste
  • When not more profitably employed, the sperm whale hunters sometimes capture the Hyena whale, to keep up the supply of cheap oil for domestic employment—as some frugal housekeepers, in the absence of company, and quite alone by themselves, burn unsavory tallow instead of odorous wax.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (63% in)
  • It may well be conceived, what an unsavory odor such a mass must exhale; worse than an Assyrian city in the plague, when the living are incompetent to bury the departed.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (4% in)
  • Marking all this, Stubb argued well for his scheme, and turning to the Guernsey-man had a little chat with him, during which the stranger mate expressed his detestation of his Captain as a conceited ignoramus, who had brought them all into so unsavory and unprofitable a pickle.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (29% in)

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