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flipper    : [fl'ɪpɚ]
Flipper \Flip"per\, n. [Cf. {Flip}, {Flippant}.]
1. (Zool.) A broad flat limb used for swimming, as those of
seals, sea turtles, whales, etc.
[1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) The hand. [Slang]
[1913 Webster]


flippers \flippers\ n. {flipper} [By analogy with
flipper[W13(1)], the limb of an aquatic animal used for
locomotion]
A type of shoe with a paddle-like front extending well beyond
the end of the toe, used an aid in swimming (especially
underwater).

Note: They are typically of rubber-like material, and are not
worn when walking on land.

Syn: fin, fins.
[WordNet 1.5]

flipper
n 1: a shoe for swimming; the paddle-like front is an aid in
swimming (especially underwater) [synonym: {flipper}, {fin}]
2: the flat broad limb of aquatic animals specialized for
swimming




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