grampus

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Etymology[edit]

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)

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grampus (plural grampuses)

  1. The killer whale, Orsinus orca.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘No. I only opened the door a foot and put my head in. The street lamps shine into that room. I could see him. He was all right. Sleeping like a great grampus. Poor, poor chap.’
  2. Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus, with a blunt nose.
  3. The hellbender salamander, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis.

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