Grampus definition

grămpəs
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Any of various dolphins or other toothed whales, such as the orca.
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A playful, black-and-white dolphin (Grampus griseus)
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The killer whale, Orsinus orca.
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Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus, with a blunt nose.
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The hellbender salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Delphinidae — a type of gray dolphin, Risso's dolphin.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
grampus
Plural:
grampuses

Origin of grampus

  • Alteration (perhaps influenced by grand) of Middle English graspeis from Old French craspois, graspeis from Medieval Latin crassus piscis, craspiscis Latin crassus fat Latin piscis fish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman grampais, from Old French graspois, craspois (“whale, (salted) whale meat; blubber; seal”), from Medieval Latin craspicis (“litteraly: fat fish”), from Latin crassus (“fat”) + piscis (“fish”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From English grampus, ultimately from Latin crassius (“fat”) + piscis (“fish”)

    From Wiktionary