harpoonlike

harpoon

[hahr-poon]
noun
1.
a barbed, spearlike missile attached to a rope, and thrown by hand or shot from a gun, used for killing and capturing whales and large fish.
2.
(initial capital letter) Military. a jet-powered, radar-guided U.S. Navy cruise missile with a high explosive warhead designed for use against surface ships and launchable from a surface vessel, submerged submarine, or aircraft.
verb (used with object)
3.
to strike, catch, or kill with or as if with a harpoon.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Dutch harpoenOld French harpon a clasp, brooch, equivalent to harp- (< Latin harpē < Greek: hook) + -on diminutive suffix

harpooner, noun
harpoonlike, adjective
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harpoon (hɑːˈpuːn)
 
n
1.  a.  a barbed missile attached to a long cord and hurled or fired from a gun when hunting whales, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a harpoon gun
 
vb
2.  (tr) to spear with or as if with a harpoon
 
[C17: probably from Dutch harpoen, from Old French harpon clasp, from harper to seize, perhaps of Scandinavian origin]
 
har'pooner
 
n
 
harpoon'eer
 
n
 
har'poon-like
 
adj

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harpoon
1613, from Fr. harpon, from O.Fr. harpon "cramp iron, clamp" (described as a mason's tool for fastening stones together), from harper "to grapple, grasp," possibly of Gmc. origin, or from L. harpa- "hook" (cf. harpagonem "grappling hook," from Gk. *harpagon, related to harpe "sickle"). Earlier harping-iron
(1596). Sense and spelling perhaps infl. by Du. (cf. M.Du. harpoen) or Basque, the first whaling peoples, who usually accompanied Eng. sailors on their early expeditions.
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