- a cetacean, Grampus griseus, of the dolphin family, widely distributed in northern seas.
- any of various related cetaceans, as the killer whale, Orcinus (Orca) orca.
- a giant whip scorpion common to Florida.
Origin of grampus
Related Words for grampusmammal, porpoise, whale, grampus, dolphin, beluga, orca, whopper, cetacean, baleen, finback, rorqual, narwhal, cete, ceta, orc, sei
Examples from the Web for grampus
Historical Examples of grampus
They were soon aboard the Grampus, where their coming was a surprise to the crew.Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay
G. Harvey Ralphson
From what I have seen of him at a distance, I should say that he was about the bigness of a grampus.Moby Dick; or The Whale
If they could have brought it, I am sure that Grampus would never have got any.The Mahatma and the Hare
H. Rider Haggard
We must try and get the foresail hoisted, Grampus,” said I. “If we can, we may do yet.
I watched her anxiously, both on my own account and that of Grampus and the men with him.
- a widely distributed slaty-grey dolphin, Grampus griseus, with a blunt snout
- another name for killer whale
Word Origin for grampus
1590s, earlier graundepose (1520s), altered (by influence of grand) from Middle English graspeys (late 13c.), from Anglo-French grampais, from Old French graspois, craspois "whale, (salted) whale meat; blubber; seal," from Medieval Latin craspicis, literally "fat fish," from Latin crassus "thick" + piscis "fish." For specifics of usage in English, see OED.