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sea lion

any of several large eared seals, as Eumetopias jubatus (Steller's sea lion) of the northern Pacific, and Zalophus californicus (California sea lion) of the Pacific coast of North America.
Heraldry. a monster having the forepart of a lion, webbed forepaws, and the dorsal fin and tail of a fish.
Origin of sea lion
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here,” said he to the sea lion, “will you take your seat and déjeuner will be served to you.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • When the sea lion is close to the submarine just press the button.

  • The hair seal, the otter, and the sea lion were found by the thousand.

  • The Pinnipedia includes the seal, the sea lion, the walrus and their allies.

  • The sea lion had sounded like a promise of elephants to come.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • This had been a bone of contention between the master of the sea lion and his owner.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • It's the twin-brother of the sea lion we carry under our own bowsprit.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • As for the sea lion of the Vineyard, she was literally shelfed, as has been said.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • Is our young friend to sail in the sea lion in quest of any such?

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
  • I was in hopes he might last until the sea lion goes out, and that a voyage might help to set him up.

    The Sea Lions James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for sea lion

sea lion

any of various large eared seals, such as Zalophus californianus (Californian sea lion), of the N Pacific, often used as a performing animal
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