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”).
- 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.
- The harpoon for fishing was at first of bone (75), and was imitated in copper (76, 77) from S.D.
- It is taken with the harpoon and its oil is one of the commercial products of the Amazon valley.
- - The AI Harpoon Ship Log.
- In Thomas Walker's harpoon or frictionless log, introduced in 1861, the wheelwork was enclosed in a cylindrical case of the same diameter as the body of the rotator or fan, and the latter was brought close up to the register, forming a compact machine and avoiding the use of the 6-ft.