英 ['pɔːpəs; 'pɒpɒɪs]
- porpoise:  The porpoise is etymologically the ‘pig-fish’. The word comes via Old French porpois from Vulgar Latin *porcopiscis, a compound formed from porcus ‘pig’ (source of English pork) and piscis ‘fish’ (a relative of English fish) and based on the model of Latin porcus marīnus ‘sea-pig’. The name may have been suggested by the porpoise’s snout.
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- porpoise (n.)
- early 14c., porpas, from Old French porpais (12c.) "porpoise," literally "pork fish," from porc "pork" (see pork (n.)) + peis "fish," from Latin piscis "fish" (see fish (n.)).
The Old French word probably is a loan-translation of a Germanic word meaning literally "sea-hog, mere-swine," such as Old Norse mar-svin, Old High German meri-swin, Middle Dutch mereswijn "porpoise" (the last of which also was borrowed directly into French and became Modern French marsouin).
Classical Latin had a similar name, porculus marinus (in Pliny), and the notion behind the name likely is a fancied resemblance of the snout to that of a pig.
- 1. What is the difference between a dolphin and porpoise ?
- 2. Should set a sculptured porpoise, gills a snort / And vibrant tail, within the temple - gate.
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- 3. I think __ Porpoise is very interesting in the zoo.
- 4. The Finless Porpoise is another resident marine mammal species.
- 5. The poor pauper paused on purpose to pawn a porpoise.
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