Coryphaena equisetis
dolphin dol"phin (d[o^]l"f[i^]n), n. [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi`s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy`s womb, Skr. garbha; perh. akin to E. calf. Cf. {Dauphin}, {Delphine}.] 1. (Zool.) A cetacean of the genus {Delphinus} and allied genera (esp. {Delphinus delphis}); the true dolphin. [1913 Webster]

Note: The dolphin of the ancients ({Delphinus delphis}) is common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and attains a length of from six to eight feet. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zool.) The {Coryph[ae]na hippuris}, a fish of about five feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of color when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the dolphin. The term is also applied to the related {Coryphaena equisetis}. Called also {dolphinfish} and (especially in Hawaii) {mahimahi}. See also {dolphinfish} and {Coryph[ae]noid}.

Syn: dolphinfish, mahimahi. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. [Gr. delfi`s] (Gr. Antiq.) A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel. [1913 Webster]

4. (Naut.) (a) A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage. (b) A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables. --R. H. Dana. (c) A mooring post on a wharf or beach. (d) A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Gun.) In old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which a cannon was lifted. [1913 Webster]

6. (Astron.) A small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See {Delphinus}, n., 2. [1913 Webster]

{Dolphin fly} (Zo["o]l.), the black, bean, or collier, Aphis ({Aphis fable}), destructive to beans.

{Dolphin striker} (Naut.), a short vertical spar under the bowsprit. [1913 Webster]


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  • Coryphaena equisetis — mahimahi mahimahi n. 1. either of two large slender food and game fish ({Coryphaena equisetis} or {Coryphaena hippurus}) of warm waters. They are highly esteemed as food fish, especially in Hawaii. See also {dolphin[2]}. Syn: dolphin, dolphinfish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coryphaena equisetis — dolphinfish dolphinfish n. either of two large slender food and game fish ({Coryphaena equisetis} or {Coryphaena hippurus}) of warm waters. They are highly esteemed as food fish, especially in Hawaii, where they are usually referred to as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coryphaena equisetis — noun a kind of dolphinfish • Hypernyms: ↑dolphinfish, ↑dolphin, ↑mahimahi …   Useful english dictionary

  • Coryphaena hippurus — mahimahi mahimahi n. 1. either of two large slender food and game fish ({Coryphaena equisetis} or {Coryphaena hippurus}) of warm waters. They are highly esteemed as food fish, especially in Hawaii. See also {dolphin[2]}. Syn: dolphin, dolphinfish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coryphaena hippurus — dolphinfish dolphinfish n. either of two large slender food and game fish ({Coryphaena equisetis} or {Coryphaena hippurus}) of warm waters. They are highly esteemed as food fish, especially in Hawaii, where they are usually referred to as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coryphaena hippuris — dolphin dol phin (d[o^]l f[i^]n), n. [F. dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. delphinus, Gr. delfi s a dolphin (in senses 1, 2, 3, & 6), perh. properly, belly fish; cf. delfy s womb, Skr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Goldmakrelen — Goldmakrelen,   Coryphaenidae, Familie der Barschartigen Fische mit langer, von Kopf bis Schwanzstiel reichender Rückenflosse; bunt gefärbt; nur eine Gattung (Coryphaena) mit zwei Arten: die Große Goldmakrele, Unechte Dorade oder Delphinfisch… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • dolphinfish — n. either of two large slender food and game fish ({Coryphaena equisetis} or {Coryphaena hippurus}) of warm waters. They are highly esteemed as food fish, especially in Hawaii, where they are usually referred to as {mahimahi}. See also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mahimahi — n. 1. either of two large slender food and game fish ({Coryphaena equisetis} or {Coryphaena hippurus}) of warm waters. They are highly esteemed as food fish, especially in Hawaii. See also {dolphin[2]}. Syn: dolphin, dolphinfish. [WordNet 1.5… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mahimahi — dolphinfish dolphinfish n. either of two large slender food and game fish ({Coryphaena equisetis} or {Coryphaena hippurus}) of warm waters. They are highly esteemed as food fish, especially in Hawaii, where they are usually referred to as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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