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Moby-Dick


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The great white whale in Herman Melville's novel of that name (1851), which is hunted by the vengeful Captain Ahab, and which eventually destroys the whaling ship the Pequod. The name is used allusively for something on a vast scale.

Subjects: Literature.


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Herman Melville (1819—1891) American novelist and short-story writer


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