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Ancient GreekEdit


From Proto-Indo-European *gʷelbʰ- (womb) (originally "a fish with a womb"). Cognate with δελφύς (delphús).


δελφίς (delphísf (genitive δελφῖνος); third declension

  1. a dolphin
  2. a mass of lead, possibly shaped like a dolphin, hung at the yard-arm, and suddenly let down on the decks of the enemy's ships


Derived termsEdit


  • Abkhaz: адельфин (ādel’fin)
  • Greek: δελφίνι (delfíni)
  • Latin: delphīnus
  • Polish: delfin


  • δελφίς in Liddell & Scott (1940) A Greek–English Lexicon, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • δελφίς in Liddell & Scott (1889) An Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • δελφίς in Autenrieth, Georg (1891) A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges, New York: Harper and Brothers
  • δελφίς in Cunliffe, Richard J. (1924) A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect: Expanded Edition, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, published 1963
  • δελφίς in Slater, William J. (1969) Lexicon to Pindar, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter
  • Woodhouse, S. C. (1910) English–Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language[1], London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited.
  • Dolphin. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth ed.) ( Retrieved December 17, 2006.