Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivorous aquatic mammals that includes the seals, walruses, and similar animals having finlike flippers as organs of locomotion.
  • n. A mammal of the suborder Pinnipedia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various large marine mammals belonging to the superfamily (formerly considered a suborder) Pinnipedia comprising walruses, eared seals and earless seals.
  • adj. Pertaining to or similar to such a mammal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Pinnipedia; a seal.
  • n. One of the Pinnipedes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fin-footed, in any sense; having feet like fins or flippers. Specifically
  • n. A member of the Pinnipedes or Pinnipedia: opposed to fissiped.

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

  • n. aquatic carnivorous mammal having a streamlined body specialized for swimming with limbs modified as flippers

Etymologies

From New Latin Pinnipedia, order name : Latin pinna, feather; see pinna + Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see -ped.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pinna ("fin") + pes ("foot") (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Either way, this pinniped was understandably surprised to find us on his turf.

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  • Then again, I'm positively balmy myself, so I was prepared to perambulate with a pack of pinniped pals.

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  • On Monday, more than 400 people came to see Silent Knight during the center's visiting hours, fascinated by the plight of the wounded pinniped, said Jeff Boehm, the center's executive director.

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  • Swimming frantically with a distinctly non-pinniped stroke, we quickly realized who the oil-sodden grotesquerie paddling to shore was.

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  • But no rule of surf etiquette said I had to yield to a pinniped.

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  • Any female sea lion/fur seal that comes ashore on his little fiefdom is added to the harem, even if it means biting her and tossing her around a sort of pinniped apache dance or sitting on her to get her to stay put.

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  • This complex interaction between climate and pinniped survival has a pronounced effect on major commercial fisheries in the eastern Bering Sea under US jurisdiction.

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  • It probably ran like a dog on land very unlike a modern pinniped but spent much of its time in water, where it swam like a dog, unlike either of the two styles adopted respectively by modern seals and sea lions.

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  • Yes, but "The Scarlet Finfoot" doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "The Scarlet Pinniped".

    April 24, 2009

  • Sometimes I wish English didn't fancy things up with Latinate words. How much better it would be if we called these animals finfoots.

    April 24, 2009

  • see puijila, which is the first time I'd ever heard this word.

    April 24, 2009