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grampus

[ gram-puhs ]

noun

, plural gram·pus·es.
  1. a cetacean, Grampus griseus, of the dolphin family, widely distributed in northern seas.
  2. any of various related cetaceans, as the killer whale, Orcinus ( Orca ) orca.
  3. a giant whip scorpion common to Florida.


grampus

/ ˈɡræmpəs /

noun

  1. a widely distributed slaty-grey dolphin, Grampus griseus, with a blunt snout
  2. another name for killer whale


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Word History and Origins

Origin of grampus1

1520–30; earlier grampoys, variant (by assimilation) of graundepose great fish, equivalent to graunde grand + pose, poys < Middle French pois, peis < Latin pisce- (stem of piscis ) fish; replacing Middle English gra ( s ) peis < Middle French Latin crassus piscis fat fish

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grampus1

C16: from Old French graspois, from gras fat (from Latin crassus ) + pois fish (from Latin piscis )

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Example Sentences

No craft like the Grampus could work through a floe, What knots she could run, and what tons she could stow!

Not a man had deserted, and Grampus gave me a favourable account of the behaviour of all hands.

As soon as the prisoners had shoved off, I sent the boat back to the tender, and Grampus and two men returned in her.

Grampus, who had charge of the deck while I was below, watched them narrowly, and did not differ with me as to their character.

I saw to everything myself, or sent Grampus to ascertain that people were losing no time in executing my orders.

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