Por"poise(?), n. [OE. porpeys, OF. porpeis, literally, hog fish, from L. porcus swine + piscis fish. See Pork, and Fish.] 1. (Zol.) Any small cetacean of the genus Phocna, especially Phocna communis, or Phocna phocna, of Europe, and the closely allied American species (Phocna Americana). The color is dusky or blackish above, paler beneath. They are closely allied to the dolphins, but have a shorter snout. Called also harbor porpoise, herring hag, puffing pig, and snuffer.
(Zol.) A true dolphin (Delphinus); -- often so called by sailors.
(Zol.), a North American porpoise (Lagenorhynchus acutus), larger than the common species, and with broad stripes of white and yellow on the sides. See Illustration in Appendix.
Por`po*ri"no(?), n. [It.] A composition of quicksilver, tin, and sulphur, forming a yellow powder, sometimes used by medival artists, for the sake of economy, instead of gold. Fairholt.
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