From Old French harpon, from Latin harpaga, a rare variant of Latin harpagō, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpágē, “hook”), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, “to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate”). Sense and spelling perhaps influenced by Dutch harpoen (“harpoon”). Doublet of harpagon.
- (General American) enPR: härpo͞onʹ, IPA(key): /hɑːɹˈpuːn/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: härpo͞onʹ, IPA(key): /hɑːˈpuːn/
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- Rhymes: -uːn
- Hyphenation: har‧poon
harpoon (plural harpoons)
- A spearlike weapon with a barbed head used in hunting whales and large fish.
- (slang) A harmonica.