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A small cetacean of the family Phocoenidae, related to whales and dolphins
Any small dolphin
Said of an aircraft: to make a series of plunges when taking off or landing
Called also harbor porpoise, herring hag, puffing pig, and snuffer
A porpoise is a sea animal that looks like a large grey fish. Porpoises usually swim about in groups. a sea animal that looks similar to a dolphin and breathes air (porpois, from porcopiscis, from porcus ( PORK) + piscis ). Any toothed whale in the family Phocoenidae (or, by some authorities, part of the dolphin family Delphinidae). The four species (genus Phocoena) of the common, or harbour, porpoise are primarily fish eaters that travel in pairs or large groups. They are gray or black above and white below. The shy P. phocoena, found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, rarely leaps. The other species of Phocoena are found along Californian and South American coasts. The active, gregarious Dall porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) of the North Pacific and the True porpoise (P. truei) of Japan often swim with ships, usually in groups of 2 to
Of or pertaining to pornography; lascivious; licentious; as, pornographic writing
A pig; a porket
Both eat cephalopods and fishes and are black with a large white patch on each side. The black finless porpoise (Neomeris phocoenoides), a small, slow animal, inhabits the Pacific and Indian oceans. At most 7 ft (2 m) long, porpoises are shorter and chubbier than dolphins and have a blunt snout. Like the dolphins, they are known for their high intelligence
Licentious painting or literature; especially, the painting anciently employed to decorate the walls of rooms devoted to bacchanalian orgies
any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth A young hog; a pig
Also called pigeon wood, beefwood, and corkwood
A true dolphin (Delphinus); often so called by sailors
any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth
Any small cetacean of the genus Phocæna, especially P
phocæna, of Europe, and the closely allied American species P
{i} species of dolphin, type of marine mammal
Lascivious; licentious
A treatise on prostitutes, or prostitution
They are closely allied to the dolphins, but have a shorter snout
The quality or state of
The coarse-grained brownish yellow wood of a small tree (Pisonia obtusata) of Florida and the West Indies
communis, or P
The color is dusky or blackish above, paler beneath
porpoise oil
a yellow fatty oil obtained from porpoises and used as a fine lubricant
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sea hog
harbor porpoise
the common porpoise of the northern Atlantic and Pacific
Plural of porpoise



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    /ˈpôrpəs/ /ˈpɔːrpəs/


    [ 'por-p&s ] (noun.) 14th century. From Old French pourpois, from Vulgar Latin porcopiscis, pisciporcus 'swine fish' (compare obsolete Italian pesce porco, Portuguese peixe porco), for Latin porcus marinus 'sea hog', akin in formation to German Meerschwein.

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