common dolphin

noun

Definition of common dolphin

: either of two dolphins of the genus Delphinus (D. delphis and D. capensis) that are found in temperate and tropical waters and have a brown or black back, a whitish belly, and often an hourglass-shaped pattern on the sides
  • They explain how common dolphins are often found in large numbers and are recognizable by yellowish stripes on their sides above white bellies.
  • —Pete ThomasThe Los Angeles Times30 Mar. 2004
  • A pod of common dolphins celebrated our mid-day departure from Esperance Bay by surfing our bow wave and leaping 3 m into the air.
  • —Howard WhelanAustralian GeographicJuly/September 1992

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1804

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