Meaning of cachalot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkaʃəlɒt/


old-fashioned term for sperm whale
‘The sperm whale, or cachalot, is one of the cetaceans, a group of marine mammals whose ancestors were probably land animals.’
  • ‘Toothed whales are divided into three groups: the cachalots, the porpoises and the dolphins.’
  • ‘They have plenty of natural enemies - cachalots, swordfish, and sawfish - without you troubling them.’
  • ‘They can become at least 18 meters long, and cachalots and other whales are often seen with scars from their suckers.’
  • ‘Legendary whales appear as immense cachalots and tend to appear ghostly, with white or very light grey hides that meld in with the briney foam.’
  • ‘Seeing as they know that cachalots need quite an amount of food, and seeing as we know how much cachalots exist, we can make an estimate of how much Giant Squids are alive.’
  • ‘The surrounding sea is visited by dolphins, cachalots and whales.’
  • ‘Squids are favorite meal of cachalots; they usually eat rather small squids of 4-6 kilograms and gulp them in schools.’
  • ‘What whalers term schools are assemblages of female cachalots in large numbers - from twenty to a hundred, together with their young, called calves, and piloted by one or more adult males, called bulls.’
  • ‘I'm helping a friend who has to do some researches on giant squids and cachalots (all kinds of info would be welcome) and I thought that this may be a good place to ask.’


Mid 18th century from French, from Spanish and Portuguese cachalote, from cachola ‘big head’.