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

  • n. Any of various seals of the family Phocidae, which includes the hair seals, characterized by short fore flippers, reduced hind flippers specialized for swimming, and the absence of external ears. Also called true seal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the seals in the taxonomic family Phocidae characterized by lacking external ear flaps; true seals.

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

  • n. any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers


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