• Porpoise

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈpɔːpəs/
    • US IPA: /ˈpɔːɹpəs/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)pəs

    Origin

    From Middle English porpeys, purpeys, from Anglo-Norman porpeis, purpeis, Old French pourpois, pourpais, porpeis ("porpoise"), from Vulgar Latin *porcopiscis ("porpoise", literally pig-fish), from Latin porcus ("pig") + piscis ("fish"). Compare (in transposed order) obsolete Italian pesce porco and Portuguese peixe porco; also Latin porcus marinus ("sea hog"), akin in formation to German Meerschwein, English mereswine. More at mereswine.

    Noun

    porpoise

    (plural porpoises)
    1. A small cetacean of the family Phocoenidae, related to whales and dolphins.
    2. (North America, imprecisely) Any small dolphin.

    Full definition of porpoise

    Verb

    1. (intransitive) Said of an aircraft: to make a series of plunges when taking off or landing.
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