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flipper

[ flip-er ]
/ ˈflɪp ər /
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noun

a broad, flat limb, as of a seal or whale, especially adapted for swimming.
Also called fin. one of a pair of paddlelike devices, usually of rubber, worn on the feet as an aid in scuba diving and swimming.
Theater. a narrow flat hinged or attached at right angles to a larger flat.
Slang. the hand.
someone or something that flips.

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Origin of flipper

First recorded in 1815–25; flip1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for flipper

flipper
/ (ˈflɪpə) /

noun

the flat broad limb of seals, whales, penguins, and other aquatic animals, specialized for swimming
Also called: fin (often plural) either of a pair of rubber paddle-like devices worn on the feet as an aid in swimming, esp underwater
cricket a ball bowled with backspin imparted by the action of the bowler's wrist
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Scientific definitions for flipper

flipper
[ flĭpər ]

A wide, flat limb adapted for swimming, found on aquatic animals such as whales, seals, and sea turtles. Flippers evolved from legs.
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