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

  • n. Any of several small subtropical seals of the genus Monachus found in the Hawaiian, Mediterranean, and Caribbean regions and characterized by brown, black, or gray coloration and by folds of skin on the neck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seal of the genus Monachus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a species of seal (Monachus albiventer) inhabiting the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the adjacent parts of the Atlantic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seal of the genus Monachus.

Etymologies

From the resemblance of the skin folds to a monk's cowl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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