whaling gun

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a gun (or device resembling a gun) for discharging a projectile (especially a harpoon) at a whale

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The historical significance of new weapons in the relentless slaughter is also well documented: "As adaptable as grizzlies are, their defenses did not increase as new weapons were developed for use against them--strychnine, whaling guns, pendulum traps, liquor-laced bait (and finally) when the powerful breechloading 'bone-smasher' rifles were invented, the contest was over.