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Shale vs Whale - What's the difference?

shale | whale |

As nouns the difference between shale and whale

is that shale is saddle while whale is any of several species of large sea mammals of the order cetacea.

As a verb whale is

to hunt for whales.



(wikipedia shale)


(en noun)
  • A shell or husk; a cod or pod.
  • * Chapman
  • the green shales of a bean
  • (geology) A fine-grained sedimentary rock of a thin, laminated, and often friable, structure.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=March 23, author=Patricia Leigh Brown, title=The Window Box Gets Some Tough Competition, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=As on all large green roofs, the soil is not dirt exactly but a gravel-like growing medium of granulated pumice, shales , clays and other minerals.}}

    Derived terms

    * shaley * * shaly


  • To take off the shell or coat of.
  • Synonyms

    * shell


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    (wikipedia whale) (Cetacea)


    (en noun)
  • Any of several species of large sea mammals of the order Cetacea.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania.
  • (figuratively) Something, or someone, that is very large.
  • * 1920 September, “A Reformed Free Lance” (pseudonym), “Doctoring a Sick Encyclopedia”, in The Writer , Volume XXXII, Number 9, page 131:
  • It was a whale of a job. It took two months, and the fair blush of youth off my cheeks.
  • * 1947 May 19, John Chamberlain, “Will Clayton and his Problem”, in , page 120:
  • But when it comes to his business life and business career, is not as other men; he is such a whale of a lot better that it suggests a qualitative as well as a quantitative difference.
  • (gambling) (In a casino) a person who routinely bets at the maximum limit allowable.
  • * 2003 , Jeff Wuorio, How to Buy and Sell (Just About) Everything ,
  • These are often no-limit games as maximum bets cramp a whale ’s style.
  • * 2004 , Norm Clarke, Vegas Confidential: Norm! Sin City's Ace Insider 1,000 Naked Truths, Hot Spots and Cool Stuff ,
  • A handful of the richest whales routinely play for $200,000 a hand. Australian media mogul Kerry Packer not only regularly bets that much, but has plunked down $200,000 bets for the dealer as a form of a tip.
  • * 2008', Deke Castleman, '''''Whale Hunt in the Desert ,
  • The high roller who had the most ferocious reputation for trying to run the business of the casinos where he played, before he died on December 26, 2006, was Kerry Packer. In the casino world, Packer was the Prince of Whales .

    Derived terms

    * blue whale * fin whale * have a whale of a time * humpback whale * killer whale * narwhal * pilot whale * sperm whale * whale catfish * whaler * whale fall * whalefish * whalelore * whale shark * whale watching * whaling

    See also

    (other associated terms) * baleen * cachalot * cete * orca * gam * pod * rorqual


  • To hunt for whales.
  • To flog, to beat.
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