An example of a dolphin is a friendly whale that lives in the oceans or at aquariums.
- the constellation Delphinus
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Origin of dolphin
- Middle English from Old French daulfin blend of daufin Old Provençal dalfin both from Medieval Latin dalfinus from Latin delphīnus from Greek delphīs delphīn- from delphus womb (from its shape)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English dolfin, from Old French daulphin, dalphin, daufin, from Latin delphīnus, from Ancient Greek δελφίς (delphis), from δελφύς (delphus) "womb".
- From 3rd Duke of Alba (duc d'Albe in French), who was the first to let build this type of structures in the Spanish Netherlands in the 16th century.