Walrus
Walrus Wal"rus, n. [D. walrus; of Scand. origin; cf. Dan valros, Sw. vallross, Norw. hvalros; literally, whale horse; akin to Icel. hrosshvalr, AS. horshw[ae]l. See {Whale}, and {Horse}.] (Zo["o]l.) A very large marine mammal ({Trichecus rosmarus}) of the Seal family, native of the Arctic Ocean. The male has long and powerful tusks descending from the upper jaw. It uses these in procuring food and in fighting. It is hunted for its oil, ivory, and skin. It feeds largely on mollusks. Called also {morse}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The walrus of the North Pacific and Behring Strait ({Trichecus obesus}) is regarded by some as a distinct species, by others as a variety of the common walrus. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, , (Trichechus rosmarus)


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  • walrus — [17] Etymologically, a walrus is probably a ‘whale horse’. The word seems to have been borrowed from Dutch walrus, which was an inversion of a presumed prehistoric Germanic compound represented by Old English horschwæl and Old Norse hrosshvalr.… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • walrus — [17] Etymologically, a walrus is probably a ‘whale horse’. The word seems to have been borrowed from Dutch walrus, which was an inversion of a presumed prehistoric Germanic compound represented by Old English horschwæl and Old Norse hrosshvalr.… …   Word origins

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