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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

Origin of HARPOON

probably from Dutch harpoen, from Middle Dutch, from Old French harpon brooch, from harper to grapple
First Known Use: 1625
HARPOONER 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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