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(pl. grampuses)
Predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas.  Synonyms: killer, killer whale, orca, Orcinus orca, sea wolf.
Slaty-grey blunt-nosed dolphin common in northern seas.  Synonym: Grampus griseus.

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"Grampus" Quotes from Famous Books

... long way up town from Radcliffe Highway and the docks, yet everybody knows that its the grandest place in the world Now, Ive no opinion but this here church over there is as like one end of it as a grampus is to a whale; and thats only a small difference in bulk. Mounsheer Ler Quaw, here, has been in foreign parts; and thof that is not the same as having been at home, yet he must have seen churches in France too, ...
— The Pioneers • James Fenimore Cooper

... from this fin down to the tail. The ventral line is the same for some inches behind the anus. The colour is dark slaty-blue above, almost black, a little paler below, without any streaks or marks, such as in O. fluminalis and Risso's grampus. ...
— Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon • Robert A. Sterndale

... a pair of shining blue pebbles by way of eyes; and when he spoke, which was not often, his voice sounded like the keel of a fishing-smack grating over a bank of gravel. I strongly suspect his father was a sea-lion and his mother a grampus or scragg whale, and that he was fished up out of the sea when young by some hardy son of Neptune, and subsequently trained up in the ways of humanity on board a fishing-smack, where the food consisted of polypi, lobsters, and black bread. Yet there was something wonderfully ...
— The Land of Thor • J. Ross Browne

... Luckie Simson, one of the racers, arrived in the little area before it. She had got the start, and kept it, but at the expense, for the time, of her power of utterance; for when she came in presence of the Doctor, she stood blowing like a grampus, her loose toy flying back from her face, making the most violent effort to speak, but without the power of uttering a single intelligible word. Peg Thompson whipped in ...
— The Surgeon's Daughter • Sir Walter Scott

... out of breath, had slowed down into a shambling walk and was puffing and blowing like a grampus. As he came up to ...
— The Jungle Girl • Gordon Casserly

... that the steward could find. The bottles were slung to an oar which was stuck upright in the taffrail aft; and placing themselves close to the windlass, my two associates secured a range of some forty or fifty feet along the deck. Now and then a grampus would divert their attention; and every time the fish rose, a bullet was lodged, or attempted to be lodged, in his huge dorsal fin. In this way the greater portion of the time was passed, altered only by rowing about in the gig, and seeking for wild ducks among the crevices of the rocks. ...
— A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden - 2nd edition • W. A. Ross

Words linked to "Grampus" :   dolphin, genus Orcinus, Orcinus, sea wolf

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