Sea elephant
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sea elephant — n. either of two very large, earless seals (genus Mirounga) that are hunted for oil: the male has a long proboscis * * * …   Universalium

  • sea elephant — n. either of two very large, earless seals (genus Mirounga) that are hunted for oil: the male has a long proboscis …   English World dictionary

  • sea elephant — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea elephant. — See elephant seal. [1595 1605] * * * …   Universalium

  • sea elephant — noun The elephant seal …   Wiktionary

  • sea elephant — noun another term for elephant seal …   English new terms dictionary

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

  • sea elephant — /ˈsi ɛləfənt/ (say see eluhfuhnt) noun → elephant seal …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea elephant — noun either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunks • Syn: ↑elephant seal • Hypernyms: ↑earless seal, ↑true seal, ↑hair seal • Member Holonyms: ↑Mirounga, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea elephant. — See elephant seal. [1595 1605] …   Useful english dictionary

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