from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cetacean (Grampus griseus) related to and resembling the dolphins but lacking a beaklike snout.
- n. Any of various similar cetaceans, such as the killer whale.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The killer whale or orca
- n. A type of gray dolphin-like creature, Grampus griseus, with a blunt nose
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A kind of tongs used in a bloomery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cetacean of the family Delphinidæ, subfamily Delphininæ, and genus Phocæna or Orca, etc.; some large dolphin-like or porpoise-like cetacean, of predatory and carnivorous habits.
- n. A cetacean of the family Delphinidæ and subfamily Globicephalinæ; a caaing- or pilot-whale; a blackfish or cowfish. In superficial characters it resembles the preceding, and grows to even larger size, but is timid and inoffensive. See cut under Globicephalus.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of grampuses, containing such as G. griseus. They are related to the caaing-whales (Globicephalus), and not specially to the pre-daceous grampuses (Orca), have no teeth in the upper jaw and few in the lower, and 68 vertebræ). There are several species.
- n. The dobson or hellgrammite: more fully called water-grampus.
- n. A pursy, puffy fellow; an obese person.
- n. The whip-tailed scorpion, Thelyphonus giganteus. Also called mule-killer, and in the West Indies vinaigrier, or vinegar-maker, from its acid secretion. LFlorida, U. S.]
- n. The tongs with which the blooms are handled in a bloomery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas
- n. slaty-grey blunt-nosed dolphin common in northern seas
Alteration (perhaps influenced by grand) of Middle English graspeis, from Old French craspois, graspeis, from Medieval Latin crassus piscis, craspiscis : Latin crassus, fat + Latin piscis, fish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)