Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: Grampus


English Wikipedia has articles on:


From Middle English *grampas, grappays, grapas, graspeys, from Anglo-Norman grampais, Old French graspois, craspois (whale, (salted) whale meat; blubber; seal), from Medieval Latin craspicis (literally fat fish), from Latin crassus (fat) + piscis (fish).


grampus (plural grampuses)

  1. The killer whale, Orcinus orca.
    • 1789, Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative, vol. I, ch. 3:
      Some time after this we saw some very large fish, which I afterwards found were called grampusses.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, in 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.
  4. giant whip scorpion (Mastigoproctus giganteus)