Definition of Elephant seal

1. Noun. Either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunks.

Exact synonyms: Sea Elephant
Generic synonyms: Earless Seal, Hair Seal, True Seal
Group relationships: Genus Mirounga, Mirounga

Definition of Elephant seal

1. Noun. A large marine mammal of the genus ''Mirounga'', which is the largest of the pinnipeds. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Elephant Seal

elephant's ear
elephant's teeth
elephant's trunk
elephant bird
elephant birds
elephant ear
elephant in the corner
elephant in the room
elephant juice
elephant leg
elephant man's disease
elephant polo
elephant seal (current term)
elephant seals
elephant shrew
elephant shrews
elephant tree
elephant yam

Literary usage of Elephant seal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Our Vanishing Wild Life: Its Extermination and Preservation by William Temple Hornaday (1913)
"THE CALIFORNIA elephant seal, (Mirounga angustirostris).— This remarkable long-snouted species of seal was reluctantly stricken from the fauna of the United ..."

2. An introduction to the osteology of the mammalia: Being the Substance of the by William Henry Flower (1876)
"The two lateral digits (first and fifth) are both longer and much stouter than the others ; the middle digit is the shortest. In the elephant seal ..."

3. Annual Report of the New York Zoological Society by New York Zoological Society (1905)
"One of the practically exhausted seal fisheries is that based upon the sea-elephant or elephant seal ..."

4. Fur Seal Arbitration: Proceedings of the Tribunal of Arbitration, Convened by Bering Sea Tribunal of Arbitration (1895)
"Since 1870 some good cargoes of elephant seal oil have been taken there. ... were important 177 seal fisheries both for the fur and elephant seal. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"The Weddell seal, Leptonychotes weddelli, and the northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, were selected for this study for two reasons: (i) ..."

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