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