snuffer
Porpoise Por"poise, n. [OE. porpeys, OF. porpeis, literally, hog fish, from L. porcus swine + piscis fish. See {Pork}, and {Fish}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any small cetacean of the genus {Phoc[ae]na}, especially {Phoc[ae]na communis}, or {Phoc[ae]na phoc[ae]na}, of Europe, and the closely allied American species ({Phoc[ae]na Americana}). The color is dusky or blackish above, paler beneath. They are closely allied to the dolphins, but have a shorter snout. Called also {harbor porpoise}, {herring hag}, {puffing pig}, and {snuffer}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A true dolphin ({Delphinus}); -- often so called by sailors. [1913 Webster]

{Skunk porpoise}, or {Bay porpoise} (Zo["o]l.), a North American porpoise ({Lagenorhynchus acutus}), larger than the common species, and with broad stripes of white and yellow on the sides. See Illustration in Appendix. [1913 Webster]


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  • snuffer — [snuf′ər] n. 1. a device with a cone on the end of a handle, for extinguishing a burning candle: in full candle snuffer 2. [usually pl.] an instrument like shears, for snuffing a candle: also pair of snuffers …   English World dictionary

  • Snuffer — Snuff er, n. 1. One who snuffs. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) The common porpoise. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snuffer — ► NOUN ▪ a small hollow metal cone on the end of a handle, used to extinguish a candle by smothering the flame …   English terms dictionary

  • snuffer — snuffer1 /snuf euhr/, n. 1. a person who snuffs or sniffs. 2. a person who takes snuff. [1600 10; SNUFF1 + ER1] snuffer2 /snuf euhr/, n. 1. candlesnuffer. 2. extinguisher (def. 3) …   Universalium

  • snuffer — I. noun Date: 15th century 1. a device similar to a pair of scissors for cropping and holding the snuff of a candle usually used in plural but sing. or plural in constr. 2. candlesnuffer II. noun Date: circa 1610 one that snuffs or sniffs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • snuffer — noun a) A device made to extinguish (snuff out) a candle (candlesnuffer). b) A person who uses snuff …   Wiktionary

  • snuffer — snuff|er [ snʌfər ] noun count a CANDLESNUFFER …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • snuffer — n. candlesnuffer, device consisting of a long thing handle and small cone on the end used to put out candles; extinguisher, device used to extinguish candle flames; one who snuffs candles; person who sniffs; one who uses snuff (powdered tobacco… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • snuffer — noun a small hollow metal cone on the end of a handle, used to extinguish a candle by smothering the flame …   English new terms dictionary

  • snuffer — noun (C) a tool with a small bell shaped end on a handle for putting out candles …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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