harp seal


noun

a northern earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus, with pale-yellow fur darkening to gray with age, of coasts, drifting ice, and seas of the North Atlantic Ocean, hunted for its fur.

Nearby words

  1. harold iii,
  2. haroseth,
  3. haroun-al-raschid,
  4. harp,
  5. harp on,
  6. harper,
  7. harper woods,
  8. harper's ferry,
  9. harpers ferry,
  10. harpies

Origin of harp seal

First recorded in 1775–85; so called from the harplike shape of markings on the backs of adults

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British Dictionary definitions for harp seal

harp seal

noun

a brownish-grey earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus, of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans
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