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grampus

[gram-puh s] /ˈgræm pəs/
noun, plural grampuses.
1.
a cetacean, Grampus griseus, of the dolphin family, widely distributed in northern seas.
2.
any of various related cetaceans, as the killer whale, Orcinus (Orca) orca.
3.
a giant whip scorpion common to Florida.
Origin of grampus
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier grampoys, variant (by assimilation) of graundepose great fish, equivalent to graunde grand + pose, poys < Middle French pois, peis < Latin pisce- (stem of piscis) fish; replacing Middle English gra(s)peis < Middle FrenchLatin crassus piscis fat fish
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  • grampus began to consider Simpson an excellent fellow—that is, as one to meet at luncheon, not as a son-in-law.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
  • From what I have seen of him at a distance, I should say that he was about the bigness of a grampus.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • I had come to the same conclusion that grampus had; but I wished to confirm my own opinion by his.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • I was more sorry at the thought of losing grampus than of anything else.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • Towards evening grampus came up to me with a look of concern in his countenance.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • She had scarcely gone, when Mr. grampus entered from his dinner-party.

  • Marmoset was fonder of riding than walking, so that grampus had enough to do; but he did not put himself much about.

    Martin Rattler R.M. Ballantyne
  • He founds on the enormous comparative size of brain in the grampus!

  • At that point the explosions of an engine getting to work echoed sharply through the steel hull of the grampus.

  • Not that Simpson lacked social equality with the grampus family.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
British Dictionary definitions for grampus

grampus

/ˈɡræmpəs/
noun (pl) -puses
1.
a widely distributed slaty-grey dolphin, Grampus griseus, with a blunt snout
2.
another name for killer whale
Word Origin
C16: from Old French graspois, from gras fat (from Latin crassus) + pois fish (from Latin piscis)
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Word Origin and History for grampus
n.

1590s, earlier graundepose (1520s), altered (by influence of grand) from Middle English graspeys (late 13c.), from Anglo-French grampais, from Old French graspois, craspois "whale, (salted) whale meat; blubber; seal," from Medieval Latin craspicis, literally "fat fish," from Latin crassus "thick" + piscis "fish." For specifics of usage in English, see OED.

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