Harp seal
Harp Harp (h[aum]rp), n. [OE. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to D. harp, G. harfe, OHG. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. & Sw. harpa.] 1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre. [1913 Webster]

3. A grain sieve. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]

{[AE]olian harp}. See under {[AE]olian}. [1913 Webster]

{Harp seal} (Zo["o]l.), an arctic seal ({Phoca Gr[oe]nlandica}). The adult males have a light-colored body, with a harp-shaped mark of black on each side, and the face and throat black. Called also {saddler}, and {saddleback}. The immature ones are called {bluesides}; their fur is white, and they are killed and skinned to harvest the fur.

{Harp shell} (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful marine gastropod shell of the genus {Harpa}, of several species, found in tropical seas. See {Harpa}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • harp seal — a northern earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus, with pale yellow fur darkening to gray with age, of coasts, drifting ice, and seas of the North Atlantic Ocean, hunted for its fur. [1775 85; so called from the harplike shape of markings on the… …   Universalium

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  • harp seal — noun a slender North Atlantic seal that typically has a dark harp shaped mark on its grey back. [Phoca groenlandica.] …   English new terms dictionary

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  • harp seal — noun Etymology: from the shape of its markings Date: 1766 a dark faced seal (Phoca groenlandicus) of the North Atlantic that is a variable light gray with the male usually having a dark crescent on its back and sides …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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