n. One of two species of dolphin in the genus ''Delphinus''.
n. black-and-white dolphin that leaps high out of the water; one of the dolphins displayed at the Marinelands in California and in Florida [syn: Delphinus delphis]
Prior to the mid-1990s, most taxonomists only recognised one species in this genus, the common dolphin Delphinus delphis. Modern cetologists usually recognise two species — the short-beaked common dolphin, which retains the systematic name Delphinus delphis, and the long-beaked common dolphin Delphinus capensis.
The common dolphin is not the dolphin of popular imagination despite its name; that distinction belongs to the bottlenose dolphin due to its widespread use in marine parks and its appearance in the television series Flipper. However, this dolphin was the most frequently represented in the art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.
Usage examples of "common dolphin".
It was a common dolphin turn-of-phrase, implying that one should listen below the surface, to meanings that lay hidden.
It was a common dolphin turn of phrase, implying that one should listen below the surface, to meanings that lay hidden.
Introduced terrestrial species include the common dolphin and the orca (killer whale), both wild and domesticated.