sea leopard
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 leopard — noun 1. a. : leopard seal b. : weddell seal c. : harbor seal 2. : leather prepared from the skin of the wolffish * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea leopard — /ˈsi lɛpəd / (say see lepuhd) noun 1. Also, leopard seal. a large black spotted, solitary, Southern Hemisphere seal that feeds preferentially on penguins and other seabirds. 2. → wolf fish …   Australian English dictionary

  • sea leopard — ornamental leather made from the skin of wolffishes (Anarhichadidae) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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  • USS Sea Leopard (SS-483) — USS Sea Leopard (SS 483), a Tench class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the sea leopard, a spotted Antarctic seal commonly called the leopard seal. Her keel was laid down by the Portsmouth Navy Yard on 7… …   Wikipedia

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  • leopard seal — a yellowish gray, spotted seal, Hydrurga leptonyx, of the Antarctic. [1890 95] * * * or sea leopard Species (Hydrurga leptonyx) of generally solitary earless seal (family Phocidae) found in Antarctic and sub Antarctic regions. It is the only seal …   Universalium

  • sea — /see/, n. 1. the salt waters that cover the greater part of the earth s surface. 2. a division of these waters, of considerable extent, more or less definitely marked off by land boundaries: the North Sea. 3. one of the seven seas; ocean. 4. a… …   Universalium

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