Definition of physeter in English:

physeter

noun

  • Specifically. A toothed whale of the genus Physeter (family Physeteridae), which now includes only the sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus. Now only: (in form Physeter) the genus itself.

Origin

Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin phȳsētēr a kind of whale (Seneca, Pliny) from ancient Greek ϕυσητήρ instrument for blowing, in Hellenistic Greek also a kind of whale from ϕυσᾶν to blow + -τήρ, suffix forming agent nouns.

Pronunciation

physeter

/fʌɪˈsiːtə/