Dolphins and Porpoises

How did dolphins originally get the name dolphin?

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12/08/2010

Dolphin is derived from the the Greek word for dolphin, dolphis, which was derived from the Greek word for womb, delphus. The animals name can then be translated as meaning "a 'fish' with a womb." Of course, we are talking about a marine mammal and not a fish.