dolphin: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dol'fin, dôl'-), [key]
— n.
  1. any of several chiefly marine, cetacean mammals of the family Delphinidae, having a fishlike body, numerous teeth, and the front of the head elongated into a beaklike projection.
  2. Also calledeither of two large, slender fishes, Coryphaena hippurus or C. equisetis, of warm and temperate seas.
    1. a pile, cluster of piles, or buoy to which a vessel may be moored in open water.
    2. a cluster of piles used as a fender, as at the entrance to a dock.
    3. a pudding fender at the nose of a tugboat or on the side of a vessel.
  3. (cap.)the constellation Delphinus.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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