elephant seal

elephant seal
noun Date: 1839 either of two very large seals (genus Mirounga of the family Phocidae) characterized by a long inflatable proboscis: a. one (M. angustirostris) found in Pacific coastal waters from southeastern Alaska to Baja California b. one (M. leonina) found in coastal waters of subantarctic islands and Patagonia

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  • Elephant seal — Elephant El e*phant ([e^]l [ e]*fant), n. [OE. elefaunt, olifant, OF. olifant, F. [ e]l[ e]phant, L. elephantus, elephas, antis, fr. Gr. ele fas, ele fantos; of unknown origin; perh. fr. Skr. ibha, with the Semitic article al, el, prefixed, or fr …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Elephant seal — Sea elephant redirects here. This may also refer to sea slugs of superfamily Pterotracheoidea. Elephant seal Male and female northern elephant seals Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • elephant seal — either of two seals of the genus Mirounga, of the Pacific coast of North America and the Antarctic Ocean, having a curved proboscis resembling an elephant s trunk. Also called sea elephant. [1835 45] * * * Either of the two largest pinniped… …   Universalium

  • elephant seal — noun either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunks • Syn: ↑sea elephant • Hypernyms: ↑earless seal, ↑true seal, ↑hair seal • Member Holonyms: ↑Mirounga, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • elephant seal — noun a large seal that breeds on the west coast of North America and around Antarctica, the male of which has a very thick neck and an inflatable snout. [Genus Mirounga: two species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • elephant seal — el′ephant seal n. mam either of two large seals of the genus Mirounga, of the Pacific coast of North America and the Antarctic Ocean, having a trunklike proboscis • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • elephant seal — noun A large marine mammal of the genus Mirounga, which is the largest of the pinnipeds …   Wiktionary

  • elephant seal — /ˈɛləfənt sil/ (say eluhfuhnt seel) noun either of two species of large earless seals, the males of which have an inflatable trunk like proboscis, Mirounga leonina of Antarctic regions and M. angustirostris of North America …   Australian English dictionary

  • Southern elephant seal — Male (Bull) Female (Cow) …   Wikipedia

  • Northern elephant seal — Male, female and pup Conservation status …   Wikipedia

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