gram·​pus | \ ˈgram-pəs How to pronounce grampus (audio) \

Definition of grampus

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.

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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, "After Tahlequah and her calf, an anthology dedicated to orcas and their world," 16 Nov. 2019

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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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“Grampus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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