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oblong
used in Moby Dick

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an elongated shape — typically of a stretched circle that is longer than an oval, but occasionally used to describe a rectangle
  • The Narwhale has a very picturesque, leopard-like look, being of a milk-white ground colour, dotted with round and oblong spots of black.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (70% in)
  • Regarding the Sperm Whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins,* whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
    Chapters 76-78 -- The Battering-Ram; The Great Heidelburgh Tun; Cistern and Buckets (29% in)
  • After being severed from the whale, the white-horse is first cut into portable oblongs ere going to the mincer.
    Chapters 94-96 -- A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (19% in)
  • Ripplingly withdrawing from his prey, Moby Dick now lay at a little distance, vertically thrusting his oblong white head up and down in the billows; and at the same time slowly revolving his whole spindled body; so that when his vast wrinkled forehead rose—some twenty or more feet out of the water—the now rising swells, with all their confluent waves, dazzlingly broke against it; vindictively tossing their shivered spray still higher into the air.
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (18% in)

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