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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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These tools included harpoon heads tipped with triangular endblades; thin, razor-sharp microblades; stone graving and scraping tools; and general-purpose knives with bifacially chipped edges.
"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.
"Once on the whale's back the Lamafa drives the harpoon home, then he detaches the harpoon head and ties the rope to the boat.
If all goes to plan, the washing machine-sized lander will separate from Rosetta at 0835 GMT (3:35 a.m.) and drift down to the comet, where it will latch on using harpoons and screws.
"A harpoon is worth its weight in gold over any gaff you own," says Grant.
Washington, Dec 14 (ANI): Scientists at NASA want to send a spacecraft that will meet with a comet and then fire a harpoon to rapidly acquire samples from specific locations with surgical precision while hovering above the target.
"Brewing this 100 Barrel Series beer together gave us a great opportunity to retied on 25 years of Harpoon," Dan says.
I sat beside my 10-foot trophy and looked at the broken shafts and the rips and tears from six harpoons. I felt like Ahab.
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.