from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A "bachelor seal"; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
  • n. Collective or regular plural form of holluschick.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young male fur seal, esp. one from three to six years old; -- called also bachelor, because prevented from breeding by the older full-grown males.


From Russian холостяки́ ("bachelors"), plural of холостя́к ("bachelor"). (Wiktionary)


  • They were called the holluschickie -- the bachelors -- and there were perhaps two or three hundred thousand of them at Novastoshnah alone.

    The Jungle Book

  • They were called the holluschickie, -- the bachelors, -- and there were perhaps two or three hundred thousand of them at Novastoshnah alone.

    The Jungle Book.

  • "Our gunner was talking about 'holluschickie'?" he said.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

  • "The holluschickie are the tamest, gentlest creatures in the world.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

  • The day had been dull and overcast, but the sun now burst through the clouds, a welcome omen, and shone upon the curving beach where together we had dared the lords of the harem and slain the holluschickie.

    Chapter 39

  • A quarter of a mile inland we came upon the holluschickie — sleek young bulls, living out the loneliness of their bachelorhood and gathering strength against the day when they would fight their way into the ranks of the Benedicts.

    Chapter 30

  • “The holluschickie haul out by themselves, and Dr. Jordan says that paths are left between the harems, and that as long as the holluschickie keep strictly to the path they are unmolested by the masters of the harem.”

    Chapter 30

  • He called them the holluschickie, or something like that.

    Chapter 30

  • It is mutilation or death for a holluschickie to put so much as a flipper on a rookery.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

  • This path through the rookery gives just room for two holluschickie to pass.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries


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  • Such homage has always been my ambition. Do you suppose they maintain a Poet's Corner on some guano-laden rock?

    July 30, 2014

  • Ooh, great work. Will be long remembered in the canon of holluschickie verse!

    July 29, 2014

  • He dreams of blubber, salty and sticky,
    But a bachelor seal can't be picky.
    His options are few
    So a selkie will do.
    All gray in the dark to the holluschickie.

    July 29, 2014