harpooneer

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Etymology[edit]

harpoon +‎ -eer

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harpooneer (plural harpooneers)

  1. A harpooner, one who uses a harpoon to hunt whales.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
      To all this I joyously assented; for besides the affection I now felt for Queequeg, he was an experienced harpooneer, and as such, could not fail to be of great usefulness to one, who, like me, was wholly ignorant of the mysteries of whaling, though well acquainted with the sea, as known to merchant seamen.

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