sea dog
Seal Seal (s[=e]l), n. [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG. selah, Dan. s[ae]l, Sw. sj["a]l, Icel. selr.] (Zo["o]l.) Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families {Phocid[ae]} and {Otariid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Seals inhabit seacoasts, and are found principally in the higher latitudes of both hemispheres. There are numerous species, bearing such popular names as {sea lion}, {sea leopard}, {sea bear}, or {ursine seal}, {fur seal}, and {sea elephant}. The bearded seal ({Erignathus barbatus}), the hooded seal ({Cystophora cristata}), and the ringed seal ({Phoca f[oe]tida}), are northern species. See also {Eared seal}, {Harp seal}, {Monk seal}, and {Fur seal}, under {Eared}, {Harp}, {Monk}, and {Fur}. Seals are much hunted for their skins and fur, and also for their oil, which in some species is very abundant. [1913 Webster]

{Harbor seal} (Zo["o]l.), the common seal ({Phoca vitulina}). It inhabits both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Ocean, and often ascends rivers; -- called also {marbled seal}, {native seal}, {river seal}, {bay seal}, {land seal}, {sea calf}, {sea cat}, {sea dog}, {dotard}, {ranger}, {selchie}, {tangfish}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sea-dog — (n.) 1590s, harbor seal, from SEA (Cf. sea) + DOG (Cf. dog) (n.). Meaning old sailor is attested from 1840 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sea dog — 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The dogfish. (b) The common seal. [1913 Webster] 2. An old sailor; a salt. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea dog — n. 1. an experienced sailor 2. [transl. of Ger seehund (or Du zeehond), altered (as if < see, SEA) < earlier seelhund < * seel, akin to SEAL2 + hund, dog: from its bark] any of various seals …   English World dictionary

  • sea dog — sea dogs also seadog N COUNT A sea dog is a sailor is who has spent many years at sea. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • sea dog — n literary someone with a lot of experience of ships and sailing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sea dog — sea ,dog noun count HUMOROUS someone who has a lot of experience of ships and sailing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sea dog — sea′ dog n. 1) a sailor, esp. an old or experienced one 2) harbor seal 3) a pirate or privateer • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea dog — ► NOUN informal ▪ an old or experienced sailor …   English terms dictionary

  • sea dog — noun a man who serves as a sailor • Syn: ↑mariner, ↑seaman, ↑tar, ↑Jack tar, ↑Jack, ↑old salt, ↑seafarer, ↑gob • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea dog — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sea dog : singular sea dog plural sea dogs humorous someone who has a lot of experience of ships and sailing …   English dictionary

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