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grampuses


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grampus  \Gram"pus\,  n.;  pl  {Grampuses}.  [Probably  corrupted 
  from  It  gran  pesce  great  fish,  or  Sp  gran  pez,  or  Pg  gran 
  peixe,  all  fr  L.  grandis  piscis.  See  {Grand},  and  {Fish}. 
  the  animal.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  toothed  delphinoid  cetacean,  of  the  genus 
  {Grampus},  esp.  {G.  griseus}  of  Europe  and  America,  which 
  is  valued  for  its  oil.  It  grows  to  be  fifteen  to  twenty 
  feet  long;  its  color  is  gray  with  white  streaks.  Called 
  also  {cowfish}.  The  California  grampus  is  {G.  Stearnsii}. 
 
  2.  A  kind  of  tongs  used  in  a  bloomery.  [U.S.] 




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