[ bed-luh-mer ]

  1. a harp seal, beyond the beater stage but not yet mature.

Origin of bedlamer

First recorded in 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)

Words Nearby bedlamer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024