Definitions

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  • n. A person who uses a harpoon, especially to hunt whales

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who throws the harpoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who throws a harpoon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who launches harpoons

Etymologies

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harpoon +‎ -er

Examples

  • I knew again only that I was very thirsty, and before my swimming eyes, in mid-air and close up, dangled the sanded tongue of the harpooner.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • There was a giant harpooner in the circle, whose singing was like the bellowing of bulls; and, gazing on him in amazement while he roared some song of the sea, when next I looked across the circle to Anapuni, Anapuni was gone.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • Scotty and the harpooner and with the oyster pirates -- because it was an act that men performed with whom I wanted to behave as a man.

    Chapter 27

  • And the giant harpooner was still roaring, his the last sounds in my ear, as I fell back on the lauhala mat, and was to all things for the time as one dead.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • I alone remained among the sleeping sailormen, the giant harpooner snoring like a whale, his head upon my feet.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • It seems that afresh upon me is the thirst that was mine when tormented by the visioned tongue of the harpooner.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • They commanded me to go with them, and they were not kind in their commanding; and as I uprose, the head of the giant harpooner was rolled off my feet, past the edge of the mat, into the sand.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • And with the blood of life thus freshening in me, my thirst multiplied on itself tenfold and my tongue and mouth and throat seemed as sanded as the tongue of the harpooner.

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • But continually, inside my head, I saw the tongue of the harpooner, covered dry with sand, as

    THE BONES OF KAHEKILI

  • Idler, how Scotty and the harpooner and myself had raked and scraped dimes and nickels with which to buy the whisky.

    Chapter 9

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