fur seal

fur seal
Seal Seal (s[=e]l), n. [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG. selah, Dan. s[ae]l, Sw. sj["a]l, Icel. selr.] (Zo["o]l.) Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families {Phocid[ae]} and {Otariid[ae]}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Seals inhabit seacoasts, and are found principally in the higher latitudes of both hemispheres. There are numerous species, bearing such popular names as {sea lion}, {sea leopard}, {sea bear}, or {ursine seal}, {fur seal}, and {sea elephant}. The bearded seal ({Erignathus barbatus}), the hooded seal ({Cystophora cristata}), and the ringed seal ({Phoca f[oe]tida}), are northern species. See also {Eared seal}, {Harp seal}, {Monk seal}, and {Fur seal}, under {Eared}, {Harp}, {Monk}, and {Fur}. Seals are much hunted for their skins and fur, and also for their oil, which in some species is very abundant. [1913 Webster]

{Harbor seal} (Zo["o]l.), the common seal ({Phoca vitulina}). It inhabits both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Ocean, and often ascends rivers; -- called also {marbled seal}, {native seal}, {river seal}, {bay seal}, {land seal}, {sea calf}, {sea cat}, {sea dog}, {dotard}, {ranger}, {selchie}, {tangfish}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Fur seal — Fur Fur, a. Of or pertaining to furs; bearing or made of fur; as, a fur cap; the fur trade. [1913 Webster] {Fur seal} (Zo[ o]l.) one of several species of seals of the genera {Callorhinus} and {Arclocephalus}, inhabiting the North Pacific and the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fur seal — fur′ seal n. mam clo any of several eared seals having a valuable plush underfur Compare hair seal • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • Fur seal — (engl., spr. förr ßīl), die Bärenrobbe, s. Robbenfelle …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • fur seal — n. any of several eared seals (esp. genus Callorhinus) with soft, thick underfur: see SEAL2 …   English World dictionary

  • Fur seal — Taxobox name = Fur seals image width = 250px image caption = Cape Fur Seal regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Carnivora subordo = Pinnipedia familia = Otariidae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = Callorhinus… …   Wikipedia

  • fur seal — noun 1. an eared seal of the northern Pacific • Hypernyms: ↑eared seal • Hyponyms: ↑Alaska fur seal, ↑Callorhinus ursinus • Member Holonyms: ↑Callorhinus, ↑genus Callorhinus …   Useful english dictionary

  • fur seal — any of several eared seals, as Callorhinus alascanus, having a plush underfur used in making coats, trimmings, etc. [1765 75] * * * Any of nine species of eared seals valued for their fur, especially the chestnut coloured underfur. Fur seals live …   Universalium

  • Fur Seal Islands — Sp Pribylovo sãlos Ap Pribilof Islands Sp Pribilofo sãlos Ap Fur Seal Islands L Beringo j., JAV (Aliaska) …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • fur seal — /ˈfɜ sil/ (say fer seel) noun any of various species of eared seal, of the genera Callorhinus and Arctocephalus, which have under the outer hair a thick coat of fur of great commercial value (distinguished from hair seal) …  

  • fur seal — noun a gregarious eared seal of the Pacific and southern oceans, whose thick underside fur is used commercially as sealskin. [Callorhinus ursinus and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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