- belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivores with limbs adapted to an aquatic life, including the seals and walruses.
- a pinniped animal.
Origin of pinniped
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- of, relating to, or belonging to the Pinnipedia, an order of aquatic placental mammals having a streamlined body and limbs specialized as flippers: includes seals, sea lions, and the walrus
- any pinniped animal
C19: from New Latin pinnipēs, from Latin pinna feather, fin + pēs foot
Word Origin and History for pinniped
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of various carnivorous, aquatic mammals of the group Pinnipedia, which some believe is a suborder of the Carnivora but others consider a separate mammalian order. Pinnipeds have long, smooth bodies and finlike flippers for swimming. Seals and walruses are pinnipeds.
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