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

  • n. Any of several eared seals of the genera Callorhinus or Arctocephalus, having thick, soft underfur that is valued commercially for use in making garments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A marine mammal of either of the genera Arctocephalus or Callorhinus of the eared seal family Otariidae. They differ from the true seals by having small, visible ears and the ability to walk on land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. one of several species of seals of the genera Callorhinus and Arclocephalus, inhabiting the North Pacific and the Antarctic oceans. They have a coat of fine and soft fur which is highly prized. The northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) breeds in vast numbers on the Prybilov Islands, off the coast of Alaska; -- called also sea bear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seal with copious under-fur of commercial value: distinguished from hair-seal.

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

  • n. an eared seal of the northern Pacific
  • n. eared seal of the southern hemisphere; the thick soft underfur is the source of sealskin


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