- a large seal, Cystophora cristata, the male of which has a large, distensible, hoodlike sac on the head.
Origin of hooded seal
First recorded in 1860–65
Also called bladdernose.
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- a large greyish earless seal, Cystophora cristata, of the N Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, having an inflatable hoodlike sac over the nasal regionAlso called: bladdernose