- any of several large eared seals, as Eumetopias jubatus (Steller's sea lion), of the northern Pacific, and Zalophus californicus (California sea lion), of the Pacific coast of North America.
- Heraldry. a monster having the forepart of a lion, webbed forepaws, and the dorsal fin and tail of a fish.
Origin of sea lion
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Penaumbe went down to the sea-shore, and saw a sea-lion, as Panaumbe had done.
The sea-lion was very glad to have the lice picked out of its head.
They speared a sea-lion, which, however, swam off with the spear sticking in its body.
The sea-lion belongs to the seal family and is the largest of its species.Foot-prints of Travel
Maturin M. Ballou
"A sea-lion's cry is deeper and not so loud," his friend replied.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries
- any of various large eared seals, such as Zalophus californianus (Californian sea lion), of the N Pacific, often used as a performing animal
c.1600, "kind of lobster," from sea + lion. Later the name of a fabulous animal (in heraldry, etc.), 1660s. Applied from 1690s to various species of large eared seals. As code name for the planned German invasion of Britain, it translates German Seelöwe, announced by Hitler July 1940, scrubbed October 1940.