Definitions for walrusˈwɔl rəs, ˈwɒl-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wal•rusˈwɔl rəs, ˈwɒl-(n.)(pl.)-rus•es; -rus.

  1. a large marine mammal, Odobenus rosmarus, of arctic seas, related to eared seals, having large tusks and a tough, wrinkled hide.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of walrus:

1645–55; < D: lit., whale horse; c. G Walross, Dan hvalros; cf. OE horshwæl walrus, lit., horse-whale

Princeton's WordNet

  1. walrus, seahorse, sea horse(noun)

    either of two large northern marine mammals having ivory tusks and tough hide over thick blubber

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. walrus(noun)ˈwɔl rəs, ˈwɒl-

    a large animal with tusks, living near the ocean

Wiktionary

  1. walrus(Noun)

    A large Arctic marine mammal related to seals and having long tusks, tough, wrinkled skin, and four flippers.

  2. Origin: From hvalros, inversion of hrosshvalr. Compare Dutch walrus, Icelandic hross and hvalur and German Walross.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Walrus(noun)

    a very large marine mammal (Trichecus rosmarus) of the Seal family, native of the Arctic Ocean. The male has long and powerful tusks descending from the upper jaw. It uses these in procuring food and in fighting. It is hunted for its oil, ivory, and skin. It feeds largely on mollusks. Called also morse

Freebase

  1. Walrus

    The walrus is a large flippered marine mammal with a discontinuous distribution about the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean and subarctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere. The walrus is the only living species in the Odobenidae family and Odobenus genus. This species is subdivided into three subspecies: the Atlantic walrus which lives in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific walrus which lives in the Pacific Ocean, and O. r. laptevi, which lives in the Laptev Sea of the Arctic Ocean. Adult walruses are easily recognized by their prominent tusks, whiskers, and bulkiness. Adult males in the Pacific can weigh more than 1,700 kg and, among pinnipeds, are exceeded in size only by the two species of elephant seals. Walruses live mostly in shallow waters above the continental shelves, spending significant amounts of their lives on the sea ice looking for benthic bivalve mollusks to eat. Walruses are relatively long-lived, social animals, and they are considered to be a "keystone species" in the Arctic marine regions. The walrus has played a prominent role in the cultures of many indigenous Arctic peoples, who have hunted the walrus for its meat, fat, skin, tusks, and bone. During the 19th century and the early 20th century, walruses were widely hunted and killed for their blubber, walrus ivory, and meat. The population of walruses dropped rapidly all around the Arctic region. Their population has rebounded somewhat since then, though the populations of Atlantic and Laptev walruses remain fragmented and at low levels compared with the time before human interference.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

walrus(noun)

a type of large sea animal with huge tusks, related to the seal.

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