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PORPOISE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does porpoise mean? 

PORPOISE (noun)
  The noun PORPOISE has 1 sense:

1. any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth

  Familiarity information: PORPOISE used as a noun is very rare.


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PORPOISE (noun)


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Meaning:

Any of several small gregarious cetacean mammals having a blunt snout and many teeth

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Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("porpoise" is a kind of...):

dolphin (any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "porpoise"):

harbor porpoise; herring hog; Phocaena phocaena (the common porpoise of the northern Atlantic and Pacific)

Phocaena sinus; vaquita (a short porpoise that lives in the Gulf of California; an endangered species)

Holonyms ("porpoise" is a member of...):

genus Phocaena; Phocaena (porpoises)


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