blubber

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See blobber, blob, bleb.

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blubber (plural blubbers)

  1. A fatty layer of adipose tissue found immediately beneath the epidermis.
  2. Fatty tissue.
  3. The thick coat of fat worn by many arctic animals, such as sea lions, and antarctic animals, such as penguins; used to insulate warmth in the animal's body.
    • 2013 August 3, “Yesterday’s fuel”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8847: 
      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. [] It was used to make kerosene, the main fuel for artificial lighting after overfishing led to a shortage of whale blubber.
  4. (obsolete) A bubble.
    • Henryson
      At his mouth a blubber stood of foam.

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blubber (third-person singular simple present blubbers, present participle blubbering, simple past and past participle blubbered)

  1. To make noises or broken words while crying.
    • Jonathan Swift
      She wept, she blubbered, and she tore her hair.
  2. (archaic) To swell or disfigure (the face) with weeping; to wet with tears.
    • Prior
      Dear Cloe, how blubbered is that pretty face!

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blubber

  1. First-person singular present of blubbern.
  2. Imperative singular of blubbern.