It had seized the shaft of the harpoon, which had broken in two, and was endeavouring to bite through the rope.
He had not time to get it from the sheath before I had the harpoon through him.
Thus it facilitated the separation of the harpoon head from the unang.
We supposed that the paddle and the harpoon went with the kayak.
As soon as the first seals are caught with the harpoon the deer skins are prepared.
Almost before the harpoon has struck the boat is backed swiftly.
Both these specimens show perforations at the lower end of the harpoon head which 491 are not found in the modern ones.
Gets harpooned, rubs the harpoon into himself, and slays himself.
The harpoon had taken the barracuda near the tail, fortunately hitting the spine.
Simply the circumstance of his having held on to the harpoon.
1610s, from French harpon, from Old French harpon "cramp iron, clamp, clasp" (described as a mason's tool for fastening stones together), from harper "to grapple, grasp," possibly of Germanic origin, or from Latin harpa- "hook" (cf. harpagonem "grappling hook," from Greek *harpagon, related to harpe "sickle"). Earlier harping-iron (mid-15c.). Sense and spelling perhaps influenced by Dutch (cf. Middle Dutch harpoen) or Basque, the language of the first whaling peoples, who often accompanied English sailors on their early expeditions. Also see -oon.
1774, from harpoon (n.). Related: Harpooned; harpooning. For agent-noun forms, harpooner is from 1726; harpooneer from 1610s.