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dolphin

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noun dol·phin \ˈdäl-fən, ˈdȯl-\

Simple Definition of dolphin

  • : a small usually gray whale that has a pointed nose

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dolphin

  1. 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. 2 :  dolphinfish

  3. 3 capitalized :  delphinus

  4. 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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Origin and Etymology of dolphin

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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DOLPHIN Defined for Kids

dolphin

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noun dol·phin \ˈdäl-fən, ˈdȯl-\

Definition of dolphin for Students

  1. 1 :  a small whale with teeth and a long nose

  2. 2 :  either of two large fish usually of warm seas that are often used for food





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