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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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They're [whales] hit with an explosive harpoon that goes straight into their body, hooks come out and shrapnel is sent through their body, it's a terrible bloody death.
We] went out to RIMPAC to do a firing that was fundamentally to demonstrate the integration of Harpoon onto LCS and to show it could be safely employed.
Boeing has been awarded $81 million contract by US States department to provide all-weather, over-the-horizon, Harpoon anti-ship missiles to India.
Instead, the agency is relying on ice screws and a harpoon system to secure the lander.
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I sat beside my 10-foot trophy and looked at the broken shafts and the rips and tears from six harpoons.
An anti-whaling activist has been indicted in Tokyo for illegally boarding the Shonan Maru II, a Japanese harpoon boat, as part of a protest against a whale hunting expedition in Antarctic seas.
It still doesn't explain why snipers are circling to harpoon him like Japanese fishermen tracking a humpback whale.
But the implied violence of the harpoons and the angry sea aside, Hegarty presents these scenes in a rather neutral light; they are tableaux, evoking the theatrical staginess of a fable rather than anything real.
Secondary killing methods include additional explosive harpoons and/or rifle fire.
HEARTLESS hunters are to use grenade-tipped harpoons to slaughter endangered whales.