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[moh-bee dik] /ˈmoʊ bi ˈdɪk/

a novel (1851) by Herman Melville.

the great white whale in Herman Melville’s novel; by extension, anything large and impressive
Word Origin

1851 novel Moby Dick

(1851) A novel by Herman Melville. Its central character, Captain Ahab, engages in a mad, obsessive quest for Moby Dick, a great white whale. The novel opens with the famous sentence “Call me Ishmael.”


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