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pinniped

[ pin-uh-ped ]
/ ˈpɪn əˌpɛd /
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adjective
belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivores with limbs adapted to an aquatic life, including the seals and walruses.
noun
a pinniped animal.
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Origin of pinniped

From the New Latin word Pinnipedia, dating back to 1835–45. See pinna, -i-, -ped, -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM pinniped

pin·ni·pe·di·an [pin-uh-pee-dee-uhn], /ˌpɪn əˈpi di ən/, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pinniped

pinniped

pinnipedian (ˌpɪnɪˈpiːdɪən)

/ (ˈpɪnɪˌpɛd) /

adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the Pinnipedia, an order of aquatic placental mammals having a streamlined body and limbs specialized as flippers: includes seals, sea lions, and the walrus
noun
any pinniped animal
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Word Origin for pinniped

C19: from New Latin pinnipēs, from Latin pinna feather, fin + pēs foot
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Scientific definitions for pinniped

pinniped
[ pĭnə-pĕd′ ]

Any of various carnivorous, aquatic mammals of the group Pinnipedia, which some believe is a suborder of the Carnivora but others consider a separate mammalian order. Pinnipeds have long, smooth bodies and finlike flippers for swimming. Seals and walruses are pinnipeds.
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