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har·poon

(har-pūn'),
A small, sharp-pointed instrument with a barbed head used for extracting bits of tissue for microscopic examination.

harpoon

(hăr-poon′) [Gr. harpazein, to seize]
A device with a hook on one end for obtaining small pieces of tissue such as muscle for examination.
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A WOMAN involved in last week's harpoon gun threat to Prince Charles yesterday claimed it was because the Queen was responsible for her brother's execution.
A MAJOR review of Prince Charles's security was launched last night after he was threatened by protesters brandishing a harpoon gun.
The son of Glasgow godfather Arthur Thompson was jailed yesterday for having a HARPOON GUN.
With those humans and their harpoon guns They get it in the neck.
They make for a compelling and, at times, disturbing experience, illustrating the controversial history of this industry on engraved bones (scrimshaw) and via props such as harpoon guns and boats.
Because of their size, speed, and range, blue whales were not hunted much until the introduction of harpoon guns.
Now whalers go hunting aboard 15-20 ton whaling boats equipped with harpoon guns.
The helpless prince had to simply tread water as they hurled abuse at him and threatrened him with harpoon guns.
Ten traumatic minutes later, I was careering over the Paphos coast, hoping the coastguards were neither suspicious, trigger-happy or armed with harpoon guns.
West of the Modiano is the Vlali market area, selling everything under the sun, from wooden chairs and icons to underwear to harpoon guns.
except, that is, for a rubber dingy which was steering its way between the harpoon guns and whales.
Think of Greenpeace and the images that come to mind are of sailing boats defying French destroyers or little inflatables fearlessly dodging beneath the harpoon guns on whalers.