harpoon

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From Old French harpon, from Latin harpaga, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpágē, hook), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate).

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harpoon (plural harpoons)

a whaling harpoon
  1. A spearlike weapon with a barbed head used in hunting whales and large fish.
  2. (slang) A harmonica.

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harpoon (third-person singular simple present harpoons, present participle harpooning, simple past and past participle harpooned)

  1. (transitive) To hunt something with a harpoon.

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