Harbor seal
Harbor Har"bor (h[aum]r"b[~e]r), n. [Written also {harbour}.] [OE. herbor, herberwe, herberge, Icel. herbergi (cf. OHG. heriberga), orig., a shelter for soldiers; herr army + bjarga to save, help, defend; akin to AS. here army, G. heer, OHG. heri, Goth. harjis, and AS. beorgan to save, shelter, defend, G. bergen. See {Harry}, {2d Bury}, and cf. {Harbinger}.] 1. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter. [1913 Webster]

[A grove] fair harbour that them seems. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Specif.: A lodging place; an inn. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astrol.) The mansion of a heavenly body. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. A portion of a sea, a lake, or other large body of water, either landlocked or artificially protected so as to be a place of safety for vessels in stormy weather; a port or haven. [1913 Webster]

5. (Glass Works) A mixing box for materials. [1913 Webster]

{Harbor dues} (Naut.), fees paid for the use of a harbor.

{Harbor seal} (Zo["o]l.), the common seal.

{Harbor watch}, a watch set when a vessel is in port; an anchor watch. [1913 Webster]


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  • Harbor seal — 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

  • harbor seal — n. an earless seal (Phoca vitulina) common in N Atlantic coastal waters …   English World dictionary

  • Harbor seal — Common Seal redirects here. For the common seal of a company, see company seal. Harbor, common or harbour seal Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Harbor Seal — Taxobox name = Harbor Seal status = LR/nt | status system = IUCN2.3 image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Carnivora subordo = Pinnipedia familia = Phocidae genus = Phoca species = P. vitulina binomial …   Wikipedia

  • harbor seal — noun small spotted seal of coastal waters of the northern hemisphere • Syn: ↑common seal, ↑Phoca vitulina • Hypernyms: ↑earless seal, ↑true seal, ↑hair seal • Member Holonyms: ↑Phoca, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • harbor seal — har′bor seal n. mam a spotted earless seal, Phoca vitulina, of the N Hemisphere • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • harbor seal — noun Date: 1766 a small hair seal (Phoca vitulina) of oceanic coasts in the northern hemisphere that often ascends rivers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • harbor seal — a small, spotted seal, Phoca vitulina, of the Atlantic coasts of North America and Europe and the Pacific coast of northern North America. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • harbor seal — noun A species of true seals, Phoca vitulina. Syn: common seal …   Wiktionary

  • harbor seal — small grayish black seal found on the coasts of the northern hemisphere …   English contemporary dictionary

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