Dictionary
17 ENTRIES FOUND:

dolphin

noun dol·phin \ˈdäl-fən, ˈdl-\

: a small usually gray whale that has a pointed nose

Full Definition of DOLPHIN

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
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

Illustration of DOLPHIN

Origin 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

Other Fishes Terms

char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra, turbot

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: dolphinfishPrevious Word in the Dictionary: dolourAll Words Near: dolphin
March 30, 2015
amphibology Hear it
A phrase with more than one interpretation
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears