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porpoise

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noun por·poise \ˈpȯr-pəs\

Simple Definition of porpoise

  • : a small usually gray and white whale that has a rounded nose

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of porpoise

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Phocoenidae) of small gregarious toothed whales; especially :  a blunt-snouted usually largely black whale (Phocoena phocoena) of the North Atlantic and North Pacific that is five to eight feet (1.5 to 2.4 meters) long

  2. 2 :  dolphin 1a(1)

Origin of porpoise

Middle English porpoys, from Anglo-French porpeis, from Medieval Latin porcopiscis, from Latin porcus pig + piscis fish — more at farrow, fish


First Known Use: 14th century

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porpoise

verb por·poise

Definition of porpoise

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to leap or plunge like a porpoise <penguins…porpoise out of the water — David Lewis>

  3. 2 :  to rise and fall repeatedly



1909

First Known Use of porpoise

1909


PORPOISE Defined for Kids

porpoise

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noun por·poise \ˈpȯr-pəs\

Definition of porpoise for Students

  1. 1 :  a small whale with teeth that resembles a dolphin but has a blunt rounded snout

  2. 2 :  dolphin 1





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