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por·poise

 (pôr′pəs)
n. pl. porpoise or por·pois·es
1. Any of various marine toothed whales of the genus Phocoena and related genera, characteristically having a blunt snout and a triangular dorsal fin. Porpoises are placed either in their own family, Phocoenidae, or with the dolphins in the family Delphinidae.
2. Any of several related aquatic mammals, such as the dolphins.

[Middle English porpeis, from Old French (probably translation of a Germanic compound meaning sea-pig) : porc, pig (from Latin porcus; see porko- in Indo-European roots) + peis, fish (from Latin piscis).]

porpoise

(ˈpɔːpəs)
n, pl -poises or -poise
1. (Animals) any of various small cetacean mammals of the genus Phocaena and related genera, having a blunt snout and many teeth: family Delphinidae (or Phocaenidae)
2. (Animals) (not in technical use) any of various related cetaceans, esp the dolphin
[C14: from French pourpois, from Medieval Latin porcopiscus (from Latin porcus pig + piscis fish), replacing Latin porcus marīnus sea pig]

por•poise

(ˈpɔr pəs)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -poise, (esp. for kinds or species) -pois•es, n.
1. any of certain toothed cetaceans of the family Delphinidae having a blunt, rounded snout, esp. of the genus Phocoena, as the common porpoise, P. phocoena, of the Atlantic and Pacific. Compare dolphin.
v.i.
2. (of a speeding motorboat) to leap clear of the water after striking a wave.
3. (of a vehicle) to move forward with an alternately rising and falling motion.
[1275–1325; Middle English porpoys < Middle French porpois < Vulgar Latin *porcopiscis hog fish, for Latin porcus marīnus sea hog]
por′poise•like`, adj.

por·poise

(pôr′pəs)
Any of several small, toothed whales having a blunt snout and a triangular dorsal fin. Compare dolphin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.porpoise - any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teethporpoise - any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth
dolphin - any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
harbor porpoise, herring hog, Phocoena phocoena - the common porpoise of the northern Atlantic and Pacific
Phocoena sinus, vaquita - a short porpoise that lives in the Gulf of California; an endangered species

porpoise

noun
Related words
collective nouns school, gam
Translations
دُلْفين، خَنْزير البَحْر
sviňucha
marsvin
pyöriäinen
hnísa
돌고래
jūrų kiaulė
jūrascūka, cūkdelfīns
morświn
sviňucha
domuz balığı

porpoise

[ˈpɔːpəs] N (porpoise or porpoises (pl)) → marsopa f, puerco m de mar

porpoise

[ˈpɔːrpəs] nmarsouin m

porpoise

nTümmler m

porpoise

[ˈpɔːpəs] nfocena

porpoise

(ˈpoːpəs) noun
a type of blunt-nosed sea animal of the dolphin family.
References in classic literature ?
In New Bedford, fathers, they say, give whales for dowers to their daughters, and portion off their nieces with a few porpoises a-piece.
And another time a whole school of porpoises came dancing through the waves; and they too asked Polynesia if this was the ship of the fa- mous doctor.
A school of porpoises were ducking and tearing through the water, and little Kotick followed them as fast as he could.
They ringed the old man as a school of porpoises ring a steamer at full speed, and as they ringed him they talked unconcernedly, for their speech began below the lowest end of the scale that untrained human beings can hear.
Then far, away over the blue he caught sight of three long, dark shapes like hurrying fish that drove one after the other, as porpoises follow one another in the water.
They were never quiet, ceaselessly playing deck-quoits, tossing rings, promenading, or rushing to the rail with loud cries to watch the leaping porpoises and the first schools of flying fish.
DAN, AGGRIEVED:--"Well, I'd never heard of porpoises and it sounded like something that grew.
In our passage to the Plata, we saw nothing particular, excepting on one day a great shoal of porpoises, many hundreds in number.
For hours together we could watch the dolphins and porpoises as they rolled and leaped and dived around the vessel; or those small creatures ever on the wing, the Mother Carey's chickens, which had borne us company from New York bay, and for a whole fortnight fluttered about the vessel's stern.
There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
Father Dennis, whose duty was in the rear, to smooth the trouble of the wounded, had naturally managed to make his way to the foremost of his boys, and lay like a black porpoise, at length on the grass.
The arrival of the nostrils of Benjamin into their own atmosphere was announced by a breathing that would have done credit to a porpoise.