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a spear or javelin used to strike and kill large fish, as whales; a harping iron. It consists of a long shank, with a broad, fiat, triangular head, sharpened at both edges, and is thrown by hand, or discharged from a gun. Harpoon fork, a kind of hayfork, consisting of bar with hinged barbs at one end a loop for a rope at the other end, used for lifting hay from the load by horse power. Harpoon gun, a gun used in the whale fishery for shooting the harpoon into a whale.

Origin: f. Harpon, LL. Harpo, perh. Of Ger. Origin, fr. The harp; cf. F. Harper to take and grasp strongly, harpe a dogs claw, harpin boathook (the sense of hook coming from the shape of the harp); but cf. Also gr. The kite, sickle, and E. Harpy. Cf. Harp.

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by firechild
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enzyme and substrate

... their way about everywhere and anywhere just so that they'll stick somehow somewhere? What kind of a viscosity is it in the cleft, do they get harpoon while they spend their time reorientating themselves inside the enzyme? Is the enzyme so large?

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by paperclip
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New Life

... to these regions have learnt that these fish are very easy to catch. They just look at the mud, and wherever they see bubles rising they stick a harpoon and catch it. Reference: any high-school zoology book

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by MrMistery
Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:19 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: New Life
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