Definitions

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  • n. A porpoise
  • n. A dolphin

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dolphin or porpoise.

Etymologies

From Middle English mereswin ("porpoise, dolphin"), from Old English mereswīn ("porpoise, dolphin"), from Proto-Germanic *mariswīnan (“dolphin, porpoise”), from Proto-Germanic *mari (“sea”) + Proto-Germanic *swīnan (“swine, pig”), equivalent to mer- +‎ swine. Akin to Old High German merisuīn "dolphin, porpoise" (German Meerschwein "dolphin"), Old Norse marsvīn ("dolphin, sea-pig"), Middle Low German merswīn "dolphin". More at mere, swine. (Wiktionary)

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  • A dolphin; a porpoise (chiefly Sc. in later use).

    August 6, 2008