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flipper British & World English

A broad flat limb without fingers, used for swimming by various sea animals such as seals, whales, and turtles

Flipper, Henry Ossian British & World English

(1856–1940), US soldier and engineer. The first black graduate of West Point 1877, he was court-martialed on false charges in 1882. The charges were not withdrawn until the 1970s, and in 1999 he was formally pardoned