Origin of harpoonMiddle Dutch harpoen from Middle French harpon from harper, to claw, grip from Old Norse harpa, to squeeze, cramp: for Indo-European base see harp
transitive verbhar·pooned, har·poon·ing, har·poons
Origin of harpoonProbably from Dutch harpoen from Middle Dutch from Old French harpon possibly from harpe clamp, claw from Latin harpa sickle from Greek harpē
(third-person singular simple present harpoons, present participle harpooning, simple past and past participle harpooned)
- To hunt something with a harpoon.
From Old French harpon, from Latin harpaga, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpagē, “hook”), from ἁρπάζω (harpazō, “to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate”).
- The harpoon for fishing was at first of bone (75), and was imitated in copper (76, 77) from S.D.
- Sharks are caught in enormous numbers with hook and harpoon; the flesh is considered by some to have aphrodisiacal properties; the dried fins and tails are exported to China; the oil is used for smearing boats.
- It is taken with the harpoon and its oil is one of the commercial products of the Amazon valley.
- - The AI Harpoon Ship Log.
- Some nomes having a common badge but distinguished as nearer or further, i.e northern or southern, have simply been split, as they are contiguous: in one case, however, corresponding eastern and western Harpoon nomes are widely separated on opposite sides of the Delta.