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harpoon

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noun har·poon \här-ˈpün\

Simple Definition of harpoon

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harpoon

  1. :  a barbed spear or javelin used especially in hunting large fish or whales

harpoon transitive verb
harpooner noun

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

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harpoon

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noun har·poon \här-ˈpün\

Definition of harpoon for Students

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




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harpoon

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verb har·poon

Definition of harpoon for Students

harpoonedharpooning

  1. :  to strike with a barbed spear




Medical Dictionary

harpoon

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noun har·poon \här-ˈpün\

Medical Definition of harpoon

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





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