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 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 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

  • 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. — 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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