[ bed-luh-mer ]
/ ˈbɛd lə mər /
a harp seal, beyond the beater stage but not yet mature.
Origin of bedlamer
1760–70; origin uncertain; alleged to be a folk-etymological alteration of French bête de la mer beast of the sea, but compare British dialect bedlam wild, ill-behaved, a troublesome person or animal (developments of bedlam)
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