Definition: Harpoon

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From Old French harpon, from Latin harpaga, a rare variant of Latin harpagō, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη or harpágē (hook), from ἁρπάζω or harpázō (to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate). Sense and spelling perhaps influenced by Dutch harpoen (harpoon).


harpoon (plural harpoons)

  1. A spear-like weapon with a barbed head used in hunting whales and large fish.

Derived terms

  • harpoon fork
  • harpoon gun


harpoon (third-person singular simple present harpoons, present participle harpooning, simple past and past participle harpooned)

  1. (transitive) To shoot something with a harpoon.

Derived terms

  • harpooner


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