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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An earless seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus) of the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans whose pups are hunted for their fine white fur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A species (Phoca groenlandica) of true seal (or earless seal) found in the northernmost Atlantic Ocean and adjacent parts of the Arctic Ocean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an arctic seal (Phoca Grœnlandica). 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Greenland seal, Phoca grœnlandica or Pagophilus grœnlandicus, a large hair-seal of a whitish color with a crescentic black band on each side meeting its fellow over the back, forming a figure likened to a harp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. common Arctic seal; the young are all white

Etymologies

From the shape of the markings on its shoulders and sides.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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