Flipper vs Phocomelia - What's the difference?
As a proper noun flipper
is a common name for animals which have flippers, such as dolphins and seals.
As a noun phocomelia is
a congenital disorder of the limbs, the affected person being born with abnormally short or missing bones and flipper-like hands or feet.
in marine mammals such as whales, a wide flat limb, adapted for swimming
a flat, wide, paddle-like rubber covering for the foot, used in swimming
a flat lever in a pinball machine, used to keep the ball in play
(cricket) A type of ball bowled by a leg spin bowler, which spins backwards and skids off the pitch with a low bounce
(informal, US) television remote control, clicker
(dated, slang) The hand.
(dentistry) A kind of false tooth, usually temporary.
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A kitchen spatula
- Dr. Woo attempts to distinguish Blakeslee by pointing out that “one can fondle a breast without having anything to do with dentistry, but one cannot take molds, fabricate and insert flippers into another person's mouth without practicing dentistry."
to lift one or both flipper out of the water and slap the surface of the water
A congenital disorder of the limbs, the affected person being born with abnormally short or missing bones and flipper-like hands or feet.
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