Definitions for harp seal
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a N Atlantic earless seal
Origin of harp seal:
1775–85; so called from the harp-shaped markings on their backs
harp seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus(noun)
common Arctic seal; the young are all white
A species (Phoca groenlandica) of true seal (or earless seal) found in the northernmost Atlantic Ocean and adjacent parts of the Arctic Ocean.
The harp seal or saddleback seal is a species of earless seal native to the northernmost Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Arctic Ocean. It now belongs to the monotypic genus Pagophilus. Its scientific name, Pagophilus groenlandicus, means "ice-lover from Greenland", and its synonym, Phoca groenlandica means "Greenland seal". Originally in the genus Phoca with a number of other species, it has since been reclassified into its own genus Pagophilus.
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