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Delphin \Del"phin\, n. [L. delphinus a dolphin.] (Chem.) A fatty substance contained in the oil of the dolphin and the porpoise; -- called also phocenin.


Delphin \Del"phin\, Delphine \Del"phine\, a. [See Dauphin.] Pertaining to the dauphin of France; as, the Delphin classics, an edition of the Latin classics, prepared in the reign of Louis XIV., for the use of the dauphin (in usum Delphini).


n. (context organic compound English) A fatty substance contained in the oil of the dolphin and the porpoise.


The Delphin (dolphin) was a midget submarine created during World War II. Designed in 1944, only three prototypes were created by Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine by the end of the war, all of which were destroyed. The Delphin was built for underwater speed attacks, as German engineers under the leadership of Ulrich Gabler discovered that past midget submarines were too slow to match the speeds of large ships in the English Channel.

The Delphin weighed and was easily recognizable due to its tear-drop shape, which allowed the vessel to travel through the water at higher speeds. During trials the submarine reached a speed of seventeen knots while submerged. On 19 January 1945, the first prototype was destroyed after a collision with a boat, and resulted in further testing to be abandoned. Two other prototypes under construction in Berlin were moved to Pötenitz near Trave, where they were blown up as Allied forces approached.

Delphin (disambiguation)

The Delphin was a German midget submarine created during World War II.

Delphin may also refer to:

  • Delphin, a Latin word and root meaning " dolphin" (also delphinus)
  • Delphin, Greek sea god, the leader of the dolphins, Poseidon placed him in the sky as the constellation Delphinus
  • Delphin (molecule), an anthocyanin ( Delphinidin-3,5-O-diglucoside)
  • Delphin Classics, a large edition of the Latin classics
  • Dornier Delphin, a 1920s German single-engined commercial flying boat
  • DELPH-IN, a collaboration where computational linguists worldwide developing natural language processing tools for deep linguistic processing of human language
  • MV Delphin is a cruise ship owned by the India-based Vishal Cruises Pvt. Ltd.

People with the given name Delphin:

  • Delphin Enjolras (1857-1945), French academic painter
  • Delphin Strungk (circa 1600-1694), German composer and organist

Usage examples of "delphin".

Chissis spoke seldom, and then only in the throwback protolanguage, Primal Delphin.