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harpoon

noun har·poon \här-ˈpün\

: a long weapon used especially for hunting large fish or whales

Full Definition of HARPOON

:  a barbed spear or javelin used especially in hunting large fish or whales
harpoon transitive verb
har·poon·er noun
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Origin of HARPOON

probably from Dutch harpoen, from Middle Dutch, from Old French harpon brooch, from harper to grapple
First Known Use: 1625
HARPOON Defined for Kids

1harpoon

noun har·poon \här-ˈpün\

Definition of HARPOON for Kids

:  a barbed spear used especially for hunting whales and large fish

2harpoon

verb
har·poonedhar·poon·ing

Definition of HARPOON for Kids

:  to strike with a barbed spear
Medical Dictionary

harpoon

noun har·poon \här-ˈpün\

Medical Definition of HARPOON

:  a medical instrument with a barbed head used for removing bits of living tissue for examination

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