gram·​pus ˈgram-pəs How to pronounce grampus (audio)
: any of various other small cetaceans (such as the killer whale or pilot whale)
: the giant whip scorpion (Mastigoproctus giganteus) of the southern U.S.

Examples of grampus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The killer whales are called aaxlu, tukxukuak, agliuk, mesungesak, polossatik, skana, keet, feared one, grampus, blackfish, orca, big-fin, fat-chopper. Whale killer. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2019

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Word History


alteration of Middle English graspey, grapay, from Anglo-French graspeis, from gras fat (from Latin crassus) + peis fish, from Latin piscis — more at crass, fish

First Known Use

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of grampus was circa 1529

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“Grampus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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