Harbor seal

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 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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  • 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 …   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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