[L from Gk. delphis].
The porpoise-like marine, warm-water mammal appears often in early Celtic iconography but not later. It may be found on the Gundestrup cauldron and on Gaulish coins, as at various pre-Christian British sites, notably Lydney Park. The ModIr. word for dolphin is deilf; ScG an leumadair; Manx perkin; W dolffin, morwch; Bret. delfin.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Religion.