Definitions for eared seal
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any seal of the family Otariidae, comprising the sea lions and fur seals, having external ears and flexible hind flippers that are used when moving about on land.
Category: Zoology, Mammals
Origin of eared seal:
pinniped mammal having external ear flaps and hind limbs used for locomotion on land; valued for its soft underfur
A seal belonging in the Otariidae family; a fur seal or a sea lion.
An eared seal or otariid or otary is any member of the marine mammal family Otariidae, one of three groupings of pinnipeds. They comprise 15 extant species in seven genera and are commonly known either as sea lions or fur seals, distinct from true seals and the walrus. Otariids are adapted to a semiaquatic lifestyle, feeding and migrating in the water, but breeding and resting on land or ice. They reside in subpolar, temperate, and equatorial waters throughout the Pacific and Southern Oceans and the southern Indian and Atlantic Oceans. They are conspicuously absent in the north Atlantic. The words 'otariid' and 'otary' come from the Greek otarion meaning "little ear", referring to the small but visible external ear flaps which can be used to distinguish them from the phocids.
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