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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several seals of the genera Callorhinus and Arctocephalus, having thick fur and external ears. Fur seals were heavily hunted for their pelts, but most species are now protected.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

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