9 letter word starting with wh

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whaleboat noun A long, narrow boat, sharp at both ends, used by whalemen.
whalebone noun A firm, elastic substance resembling horn, taken from the upper jaw of the right whale; baleen. It is used as a stiffening in stays, fans, screens, and for various other purposes. See Baleen.
whealworm noun The harvest mite; — so called from the wheals, caused by its bite.
wheatbird noun A bird that feeds on wheat, especially the chaffinch.
wheatworm noun A small nematode worm (Anguillula tritici) which attacks the grains of wheat in the ear. It is found in wheat affected with smut, each of the diseased grains containing a large number of the minute young of the worm.
wheedling present participle & vb. noun of Wheedle
wheelband noun The tire of a wheel.
wheelbird noun The European goatsucker.
wheelwork noun A combination of wheels, and their connection, in a machine or mechanism.
wherefore adverb & conj. For which reason; so; — used relatively., For what reason; why; — used interrogatively., the reason why.
whereform adverb From which; from which or what place.
whereinto adverb Into which; — used relatively., Into what; — used interrogatively.
whereness noun The quality or state of having a place; ubiety; situation; position.
whereunto adverb Same as Whereto.
whereupon adverb Upon which; in consequence of which; after which.
wherewith adverb With which; — used relatively., With what; — used interrogatively., The necessary means or instrument.
whetstone noun A piece of stone, natural or artificial, used for whetting, or sharpening, edge tools.
whichever pronoun & adjective Alt. of Whichsoever
whiffling present participle & vb. noun of Whiffle
whimpered imp. & past participle of Whimper
whimperer noun One who whimpers.
whimsical adjective Full of, or characterized by, whims; actuated by a whim; having peculiar notions; queer; strange; freakish., Odd or fantastic in appearance; quaintly devised; fantastic.
whinberry noun The English bilberry; — so called because it grows on moors among the whins, or furze.
whiningly adverb In a whining manner; in a tone of mean complaint.
whinnying present participle & vb. noun of Whinny
whinstone noun A provincial name given in England to basaltic rocks, and applied by miners to other kind of dark-colored unstratified rocks which resist the point of the pick. — for example, to masses of chert. Whin-dikes, and whin-sills, are names sometimes given to veins or beds of basalt.
whipgraft verb t. To graft by cutting the scion and stock in a certain manner. See Whip grafting, under Grafting.
whipparee noun A large sting ray (Dasybatis, / Trygon, Sayi) native of the Southern United States. It is destitute of large spines on the body and tail., A large sting ray (Rhinoptera bonasus, or R. quadriloba) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. Its snout appears to be four-lobed when viewed in front, whence it is also called cow-nosed ray.
whipperin noun A huntsman who keeps the hounds from wandering, and whips them in, if necessary, to the of chase., Hence, one who enforces the discipline of a party, and urges the attendance and support of the members on all necessary occasions.
whipstaff noun A bar attached to the tiller, for convenience in steering.
whipstalk noun A whipstock.
whipstick noun Whip handle; whipstock.
whipstock noun The rod or handle to which the lash of a whip is fastened.
whirlbone noun The huckle bone., The patella, or kneepan.
whirligig noun A child’s toy, spun or whirled around like a wheel upon an axis, or like a top., Anything which whirls around, or in which persons or things are whirled about, as a frame with seats or wooden horses., A mediaeval instrument for punishing petty offenders, being a kind of wooden cage turning on a pivot, in which the offender was whirled round with great velocity., Any one of numerous species of beetles belonging to Gyrinus and allied genera. The body is firm, oval or boatlike in form, and usually dark colored with a bronzelike luster. These beetles live mostly on the surface of water, and move about with great celerity in a gyrating, or circular, manner, but they are also able to dive and swim rapidly. The larva is aquatic. Called also weaver, whirlwig, and whirlwig beetle.
whirlpool noun An eddy or vortex of water; a place in a body of water where the water moves round in a circle so as to produce a depression or cavity in the center, into which floating objects may be drawn; any body of water having a more or less circular motion caused by its flowing in an irregular channel, by the coming together of opposing currents, or the like., A sea monster of the whale kind.
whirlwind noun A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion., Fig.: A body of objects sweeping violently onward.
whiskered adjective Formed into whiskers; furnished with whiskers; having or wearing whiskers., Having elongated hairs, feathers, or bristles on the cheeks.
whispered imp. & past participle of Whisper
whisperer noun One who whispers., A tattler; one who tells secrets; a conveyer of intelligence secretly; hence; a backbiter; one who slanders secretly.
whistling present participle & vb. noun of Whistle, a. & n. from Whistle, v.
whiteback noun The canvasback.
whitebait noun The young of several species of herrings, especially of the common herring, esteemed a great delicacy by epicures in England., A small translucent fish (Salanx Chinensis) abundant at certain seasons on the coasts of China and Japan, and used in the same manner as the European whitebait.
whitebeam noun The common beam tree of England (Pyrus Aria); — so called from the white, woolly under surface of the leaves.
whitebill noun The American coot.
whiteblow noun Same as Whitlow grass, under Whitlow.
whitecoat noun The skin of a newborn seal; also, the seal itself.
white-ear noun The wheatear.
white-eye noun Any one of several species of small Old World singing of the genus Zosterops, as Zosterops palpebrosus of India, and Z. c/rulescens of Australia. The eyes are encircled by a ring of white feathers, whence the name. Called also bush creeper, and white-eyed tit.
whitefish noun Any one of several species of Coregonus, a genus of excellent food fishes allied to the salmons. They inhabit the lakes of the colder parts of North America, Asia, and Europe. The largest and most important American species (C. clupeiformis) is abundant in the Great Lakes, and in other lakes farther north. Called also lake whitefish, and Oswego bass., The menhaden., The beluga, or white whale.
whiteflaw noun A whitlow.
whitehead noun The blue-winged snow goose., The surf scoter.
white-hot adjective White with heat; heated to whiteness, or incandescence.
whitening present participle & vb. noun of Whiten, The act or process of making or becoming white., That which is used to render white; whiting.
whiteness noun The quality or state of being white; white color, or freedom from darkness or obscurity on the surface., Want of a sanguineous tinge; paleness; as from terror, grief, etc., Freedom from stain or blemish; purity; cleanness., Nakedness., A flock of swans.
white-pot noun A kind of food made of milk or cream, eggs, sugar, bread, etc., baked in a pot.
whiterump noun The American black-tailed godwit.
whiteside noun The golden-eye.
whitester noun A bleacher of linen; a whitener; a whitster.
whitetail noun The Virginia deer., The wheatear.
whitewall noun The spotted flycatcher; — so called from the white color of the under parts.
whitewash noun Any wash or liquid composition for whitening something, as a wash for making the skin fair., A composition of line and water, or of whiting size, and water, or the like, used for whitening walls, ceilings, etc.; milk of lime., To apply a white liquid composition to; to whiten with whitewash., To make white; to give a fair external appearance to; to clear from imputations or disgrace; hence, to clear (a bankrupt) from obligation to pay debts.
whiteweed noun A perennial composite herb (Chrysanthemum Leucanthemum) with conspicuous white rays and a yellow disk, a common weed in grass lands and pastures; — called also oxeye daisy.
whitewing noun The chaffinch; — so called from the white bands on the wing., The velvet duck.
whitewood noun The soft and easily-worked wood of the tulip tree (Liriodendron). It is much used in cabinetwork, carriage building, etc.
whitewort noun Wild camomile., A kind of Solomon’s seal (Polygonum officinale).
whittling present participle & vb. noun of Whittle
wholeness noun The quality or state of being whole, entire, or sound; entireness; totality; completeness.
wholesale noun Sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail., Pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price., Extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter.
wholesome superl. Tending to promote health; favoring health; salubrious; salutary., Contributing to the health of the mind; favorable to morals, religion, or prosperity; conducive to good; salutary; sound; as, wholesome advice; wholesome doctrines; wholesome truths; wholesome laws., Sound; healthy.
whosoever pronoun Whatsoever person; any person whatever that; whoever.