Moby-Dick: Athirst


  1. Wanting a drink
  2. Thirsty
  3. Eager or extremely desirous

The word athirst appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 6 > Sentence 6:

Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.

Chapter 6 > Paragraph 3 > Sentence 2:

There weekly arrive in this town scores of green Vermonters and New Hampshire men, all athirst for gain and glory in the fishery.

Chapter 41 > Paragraph 7 > Sentence 1:

And as if the now tested reality of his might had in former legendary times thrown its shadow before it; we find some book naturalists—Olassen and Povelson—declaring the Sperm Whale not only to be a consternation to every other creature in the sea, but also to be so incredibly ferocious as continually to be athirst for human blood.

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