noun \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


noun \här-ˈpün\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HARPOON

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


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