Macrorhinus proboscideus
Sea elephant Sea" el"e*phant (s[=e]" [=e]"[-e]*fant). (Zo["o]l.) A very large seal ({Macrorhinus proboscideus}) of the Antarctic seas, much hunted for its oil. It sometimes attains a length of thirty feet, and is remarkable for the prolongation of the nose of the adult male into an erectile elastic proboscis, about a foot in length. Another species of smaller size ({M. angustirostris}) occurs on the coast of Lower California, but is now nearly extinct. [1913 Webster]

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  • M angustirostris — Sea elephant Sea el e*phant (s[=e] [=e] [ e]*fant). (Zo[ o]l.) A very large seal ({Macrorhinus proboscideus}) of the Antarctic seas, much hunted for its oil. It sometimes attains a length of thirty feet, and is remarkable for the prolongation of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sea elephant — Sea el e*phant (s[=e] [=e] [ e]*fant). (Zo[ o]l.) A very large seal ({Macrorhinus proboscideus}) of the Antarctic seas, much hunted for its oil. It sometimes attains a length of thirty feet, and is remarkable for the prolongation of the nose of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Хохлачи — ластоногие рода Cystophora, из семейства тюленевых. Зубная формула 2.1.4.1/1.1.4.1. Самцы отличаются формой носа. X. обыкновенный Cystophora cristata имеет на носу кожистый пузырь, покрывающий нос, морду и большую часть головы. По воле животного… …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

  • sea-elephant — n. Elephant seal (Macrorhinus proboscideus) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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