Pygmy sperm whale(Zoöl.), a small whale seldom twenty feet long, native of tropical seas, but occasionally found on the American coast. Called also snub-nosed cachalot.Sperm-whale porpoise(Zoöl.), a toothed cetacean found on both sides of the Atlantic and valued for its oil. The adult becomes about twenty-five feet long, and its head is very large and thick. Called also bottle-nosed whale.

(Sper"ry*lite) n.[Named after F. L. Sperry, who discovered it.] (Min.) An arsenide of platinum occuring in grains and minute isometric crystals of tin-white color. It is found near Sudbury, Ontario Canada, and is the only known compound of platinum occuring in nature.

(Sperse) v. t. To disperse. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Spes"sart*ite) n.[From Spessart, in Germany.] (Min.) A manganesian variety of garnet.

(Spet) v. t. [AS. sptan. See Spit.] To spit; to throw out. [Obs.]

(Spet), n. Spittle. [Obs.]

(Spetch"es) n. pl. Parings and refuse of hides, skins, etc., from which glue is made.

(Spew) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spewed ; p. pr.& vb. n. Spewing.] [OE. spewen, speowen, AS. spiwan;n to D. spuwen to spit. OS & OHG. spiwan, G. speien, Icel. spja to spew, Sw. spy, Dan. spye, Goth. spiewan, th. spjauti, L. spuere to split, Gr. Skr. shtiv, shthiv. Cf. Pyke, Spit.] [Written also spue.]

1. To eject from the stomach; to vomit.

2. To cast forth with abhorrence or disgust; to eject.

Because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
Rev. ii. 16.

(Spew), v. i.

1. To vomit. Chaucer.

2. To eject seed, as wet land swollen with frost.

(Spew), n. That which is vomited; vomit.

(Spew"er) n. One who spews.

(Spew"i*ness) n. The state of being spewy.

(Spew"y) a. Wet; soggy; inclined to spew.

(Sphac"el) n. [Gr. : cf. F. sphacèle.] (Med.) Gangrene.

(Sphac"e*late) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sphacelated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sphacelating.] [NL. sphacelare, sphacelatum, mortify: cf. F. sphacéler. See Sphacelus.] (Med.) To die, decay, or become gangrenous, as flesh or bone; to mortify.

(Sphac"e*late), v. t. (Med.) To affect with gangrene.

Sperm whale
(Sperm" whale`) (Zoöl.) A very large toothed whale having a head of enormous size. The upper jaw is destitute of teeth. In the upper part of the head, above the skull, there is a large cavity, or case, filled with oil and spermaceti. This whale sometimes grows to the length of more than eighty feet. It is found in the warmer parts of all the oceans. Called also cachalot, and spermaceti whale.

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