What is harpoon?

  • (verb): Spear with a harpoon.
    Example: "Harpoon whales"
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Harpoon

A harpoon is a long spear-like instrument used in fishing to catch fish or large marine mammals such as whales. It accomplishes this task by impaling the target animal, allowing the fishermen to use a rope or chain attached to the butt of the projectile to catch the animal. A harpoon can also be used as a weapon.

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Two Flue Harpoon
... The two flue harpoon or two flue iron (which, together with the one flue harpoon, were known as common harpoons) is a type of harpoon used in whaling for at. 19th century the design was modified, and the one flue harpoon was created ...
Harpoon - Modern Developments
... The modern whaling harpoon consists of a deck-mounted launcher (mostly a cannon) and a projectile which is a large harpoon connected to a thick rope ... It has sharp spikes to prevent the harpoon from sliding out ... A recent development in harpoon technology is the hand-held speargun ...
Love Dart - Dart-like Structures in Other Gastropod Groups - The Toxoglossans
... as the toxoglossans, meaning "poison tongue") use a poison dart or harpoon, which is a single modified radula tooth which is created inside the mouth of the ... These snails are carnivorous hunters the harpoon is used in predation ... a considerable distance then it fires its harpoon and injects a toxin into the prey ...
Semliki Harpoon
... The Semliki harpoon, also known as the Katanda harpoon, refers to complex harpoon heads carved from bone ... It is unlikely that the harpoons are much different than those used today (see reference for photos) ...
Harpoon (comics)
... Harpoon (Kodiak Noatak) is a fictional character created by Marvel Comics ... Little is known about Harpoon other than that he is Inuit ...

More definitions of "harpoon":

  • (noun): A spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it.

Famous quotes containing the word harpoon:

    Absence! My heart grows tense
    as though a harpoon were sparring for the kill.
    Robert Lowell (1917–1977)