dolphin
noun Etymology: Middle English delphyn, dolphyn, from Anglo-French delphin, alteration of Old French dalfin, from Medieval Latin dalfinus, alteration of Latin delphinus, from Greek delphin-, delphis; akin to Greek delphys womb, Sanskrit garbha Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) any of various small marine toothed whales (family Delphinidae) with the snout more or less elongated into a beak and the neck vertebrae partially fused (2) any of several related chiefly freshwater toothed whales (as of the family Platanistidae) b. porpoise 1 2. either of two active pelagic bony food fishes (Coryphaena equiselis and C. hippuras of the family Coryphaenidae) of tropical and temperate seas — called also dolphinfish 3. capitalized Delphinus 4. a spar or buoy for mooring boats; also a cluster of closely driven piles used as a fender for a dock or as a mooring or guide for boats

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  • dolphin — (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. daulphin, from M.L. dolfinus, from L. delphinus dolphin, from Gk. delphis (gen. delphinos) dolphin, related to delphys womb, perhaps via notion of the animal bearing live young, or from its shape, from PIE *gwelbh .… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dolphin — [däl′fin, dôl′fin] n. [ME dolfin < OFr dalphin < VL dalfinus, for L delphinus < Gr delphinos, gen. of delphis (< IE base * gwelbh ): so named from its shape] 1. any of two widespread families (Platanistidae and Delphinidae) of toothed …   English World dictionary

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