Definition of harpoon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//hɑːˈpuːn//
; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrˈpuːn//
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a weapon like a spear that you can throw or fire from a gun and is used for catching large fish, whales, etc. They hunt whales with harpoons. Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting a barbed dart or spear): from French harpon, from harpe ‘dog's claw, clamp’, via Latin from Greek harpē ‘sickle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: harpoon

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