Definition of Dolphin

1. Noun. Large slender food and game fish widely distributed in warm seas (especially around Hawaii).

Exact synonyms: Dolphinfish, Mahimahi
Generic synonyms: Percoid, Percoid Fish, Percoidean
Group relationships: Coryphaenidae, Family Coryphaenidae
Specialized synonyms: Coryphaena Hippurus, Coryphaena Equisetis
Terms within: Dolphinfish, Mahimahi
Geographical relationships: Aloha State, Hawai'i, Hawaii, Hi

2. Noun. Any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises.

Definition of Dolphin

1. n. A cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied genera (esp. D. delphis); the true dolphin.

Definition of Dolphin

1. Noun. A carnivorous aquatic mammal inhabiting mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves, famed for its intelligence and occasional willingness to approach humans. ¹

2. Noun. A fish, the mahi-mahi or dorado, scientific name ''Coryphaena hippurus'', with a dorsal fin that runs the length of the body, also known for iridescent coloration. ¹

3. Noun. The dauphin, eldest son of the kings of France. ¹

4. Noun. A maritime semi submerged man-made structure usually close to shore. ¹

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Definition of Dolphin

1. a marine mammal [n -S]

Medical Definition of Dolphin

1. 1. A cetacean of the genus Delphinus and allied genera (especially. D. Delphis); the true dolphin. The Coryphaena hippuris, a fish of about five feet in length, celebrated for its surprising changes of colour when dying. It is the fish commonly known as the dolphin. See Coryphaenoid. The dolphin of the ancients (D. Delphis) is common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and attains a length of from six to eight feet. 2. [Gr. A mass of iron or lead hung from the yardarm, in readiness to be dropped on the deck of an enemy's vessel. 3. A kind of wreath or strap of plaited cordage. A spar or buoy held by an anchor and furnished with a ring to which ships may fasten their cables. A mooring post on a wharf or beach. A permanent fender around a heavy boat just below the gunwale. 4. In old ordnance, one of the handles above the trunnions by which the gun was lifted. 5. A small constellation between Aquila and Pegasus. See Delphinus. 2. Dolphin fly, a short vertical spar under the bowsprit. Origin: F. Dauphin dolphin, dauphin, earlier spelt also doffin; cf. OF. Dalphinal of the dauphin; fr. L. Delphinus, Gr. A dolphin (in senses 1, 2, & 5), perh. Properly, belly fish; cf. Womb, Skr. Garbha; perh. Akin to E. Calf. Cf. Dauphin, Delphine. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dolphin

dolphin (current term)
dolphin hugger
dolphin kick
dolphin oil
dolphin striker

Literary usage of Dolphin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"Against his oath from us had made departure To Charles the dolphin, our chief enemie. The title of dolphin was purchased to the eldest воине of the king of ..."

2. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1870)
"The dolphin may, however, well have a significance unconnected with Silvanus. It was accounted the lover of man, as we learn both from Plutarch and Pliny. ..."

3. An Alphabetical Dictionary of Coats of Arms Belonging to Families in Great by John Woody Papworth (1874)
"Sa. u dolphin embowed holding in the mouth a Hole, eo. ... Bird Az. a dolphin embowed or on a chief of the «e- cond a bird of the first collared arg. betw. ..."

4. Three Hundred Æesop's Fables by Aesop, George Fyler Townsend, Harrison Weir, J. Greenaway (1867)
"A dolphin saw the Monkey contending with the waves, and supposing him to be a man (whom he is ... When the dolphin arrived with his burden in sight of ..."

5. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1827)
"The dolphin of Peron is blackish-blue on the back; end of the muzzle and ... We have inserted a figure of a new species of dolphin in the museum at Paris, ..."

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