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hereditary
used in Moby Dick

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passed from parent to child
  • Scorning a turnstile wheel at her reverend helm, she sported there a tiller; and that tiller was in one mass, curiously carved from the long narrow lower jaw of her hereditary foe.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (10% in)
  • In one word, Queequeg, said I, rather digressively; hell is an idea first born on an undigested apple-dumpling; and since then perpetuated through the hereditary dyspepsias nurtured by Ramadans.
    Chapters 16-18 -- The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (81% in)
  • A short, stout, ruddy young fellow, very pugnacious concerning whales, who somehow seemed to think that the great leviathans had personally and hereditarily affronted him; and therefore it was a sort of point of honour with him, to destroy them whenever encountered.
    Chapters 25-27 -- Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (64% in)
  • For not only are whalemen as a body unexempt from that ignorance and superstitiousness hereditary to all sailors; but of all sailors, they are by all odds the most directly brought into contact with whatever is appallingly astonishing in the sea; face to face they not only eye its greatest marvels, but, hand to jaw, give battle to them.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (25% in)
  • Nor, in some things, does the common, hereditary experience of all mankind fail to bear witness to the supernaturalism of this hue.
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (80% in)
  • Nay, Senor; hereabouts in this dull, warm, most lazy, and hereditary land, we know but little of your vigorous North.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (52% in)
  • Nevertheless, it cannot be denied, that upon the whole they are hereditarily entitled to EMBONPOINT.
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (7% in)
  • What are the Duke of Dunder's hereditary towns and hamlets but Fast-Fish?
    Chapters 88-90 -- Schools and Schoolmasters; Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish; Heads or Tails (67% in)
  • But from the same point, take mankind in mass, and for the most part, they seem a mob of unnecessary duplicates, both contemporary and hereditary.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (28% in)

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