• WordNet 3.6
    • n grampus slaty-grey blunt-nosed dolphin common in northern seas
    • n grampus predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grampus A kind of tongs used in a bloomery.
    • Grampus (Zoöl) A toothed delphinoid cetacean, of the genus Grampus, esp. G. griseus of Europe and America, which is valued for its oil. It grows to be fifteen to twenty feet long; its color is gray with white streaks. Called also cowfish. The California grampus is G. Stearnsii.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grampus A cetacean of the family Delphinidæ, subfamily Delphininæ, and genus Phocæna or Orca, etc.; some large dolphin-like or porpoise-like cetacean, of predatory and carnivorous habits.
    • n grampus A cetacean of the family Delphinidæ and subfamily Globicephalinæ; a caaing- or pilot-whale; a blackfish or cowfish. In superficial characters it resembles the preceding, and grows to even larger size, but is timid and inoffensive. See cut under Globicephalus.
    • n grampus [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of grampuses, containing such as G. griseus. They are related to the caaing-whales (Globicephalus), and not specially to the pre-daceous grampuses (Orca), have no teeth in the upper jaw and few in the lower, and 68 vertebræ). There are several species.
    • n grampus The dobson or hellgrammite: more fully called water-grampus.
    • n grampus A pursy, puffy fellow; an obese person.
    • n grampus The whip-tailed scorpion, Thelyphonus giganteus. Also called mule-killer, nigger-killer, and in the West Indies vinaigrier, or vinegar-maker, from its acid secretion. LFlorida, U. S.]
    • n grampus The tongs with which the blooms are handled in a bloomery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grampus gram′pus a large voracious fish of the dolphin family, common in almost all seas.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably corrupted from It. gran pesce, great fish, or Sp. gran pez, or Pg. gran peixe, all fr. L. grandis piscis,. See Grand, and Fish. the animal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A sailor's corr. of It. gran pesce, or Sp. gran pez, great fish—L. grandis piscis, great fish.


In literature:

She sleeps like a top, an' feeds like a grampus, an' does little else but laugh at what's goin' on around her.
"The Prairie Chief" by R.M. Ballantyne
Stir up that grampus of a cook!
"The Young Fur Traders" by R.M. Ballantyne
And haven't you a handsome face, an' a handsome figgur, which is eight, you grampus!
"The Young Trawler" by R.M. Ballantyne
If the girl's willin' to have me I'll wed her in spite o' the old grampus.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
When I got there, I found him all doubled up with asthma, wheezing like a grampus.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Passing the washstand, he secured an enormous sponge, which an instant later flew souse into the face of the grampus.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
Grampus, is that you?
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
See here: his line is quiverin' as if a grampus was nibblin' at the end of it.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
Puffing like a grampus, he reached the road, and then ran with all his might, as if the Sea Cliff House was on fire.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
A still more interesting sight was that of a great grampus, which rose close to the ship, exposing his body as he leapt through a wave.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Adair could not restrain himself, and was dashing aft, when Jack came to the surface puffing and blowing like a grampus.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Blowing like a grampus, he bobbed to the top, clawing the weeds from his eyes but still clutching the musket.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The killer is sometimes confounded with the grampus.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
These details are important, as helping to determine the true site of the Battle of Mons Grampus.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
Twenty yards away he saw his chum's head, as Vernon, puffing like a grampus, was striking out towards him.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
He was blowing like a grampus, for the pace had been fast.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
Captain Phelps looked a moment at the Grampus.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
In the pool Fiery Nose wallowed and blew like a grampus, and howled for help.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
Tubby Blaisdell was splashing about in the pool before the canoe landing like a young grampus.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
A grampus aboue 16 foot long taken at Yarmouth 4 yeares agoe.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne