grampus

noun
gram·pus | \ ˈgram-pəs \

Definition of grampus 

1a : risso's dolphin

b : any of various other small cetaceans (such as the killer whale or pilot whale)

2 : the giant whip scorpion (Mastigoproctus giganteus) of the southern U.S.

First Known Use of grampus

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for grampus

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

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