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A bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Etymology

From French daulphin, dalphin, daufin < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] delphīnus < Ancient Greek δελφίς (delphis) < δελφύς (delphυs) "womb".

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dolphin

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  1. A carnivorous aquatic mammal inhabiting mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves, famed for its intelligence and occasional willingness to approach humans.
  2. A fish, the mahi-mahi or dorado, scientific name Coryphaena hippurus, with a dorsal fin that runs the length of the body, also known for iridescent coloration.
  3. The dauphin, eldest son of the kings of France.
  4. A maritime semi submerged man-made structure usually close to shore.

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