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ˈwɔl rəs, ˈwɒl-wal·rus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. walrus, seahorse, sea horsenoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. walrusnoun

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

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

Wikipedia

  1. Walrus

    The walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) is a large pinniped marine mammal with discontinuous distribution about the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean and subarctic seas of the Northern Hemisphere. It is the only extant species in the family Odobenidae and genus Odobenus. This species is subdivided into two subspecies: the Atlantic walrus (O. r. rosmarus), which lives in the Atlantic Ocean, and the Pacific walrus (O. r. divergens), which lives in the Pacific Ocean. Adult walrus are characterised by prominent tusks and whiskers, and considerable bulk: adult males in the Pacific can weigh more than 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds) and, among pinnipeds, are exceeded in size only by the two species of elephant seals. Walrus live mostly in shallow waters above the continental shelves, spending significant amounts of their lives on the sea ice looking for benthic bivalve molluscs. Walruses are relatively long-lived, social animals, and 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 it for meat, fat, skin, tusks, and bone. During the 19th century and the early 20th century, walrus were widely hunted for their blubber, walrus ivory, and meat. The population of walruses dropped rapidly all around the Arctic region. It has rebounded somewhat since, 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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  1. walrus

    A walrus is a large marine mammal known for its flippers and long, protruding tusks. They are from the Odobenidae family and are characterized by their bulky size, dense whiskers, and tough, wrinkled skin. Walruses are generally found in Arctic regions and typically inhabit ice floes and coastlines. Their diet primarily consists of small marine organisms, such as mollusks, crustaceans, and worms. These animals play an important role in marine ecosystems and have been traditionally hunted by indigenous Arctic peoples for their meat, skins, and tusks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Walrusnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [D. walrus; of Scand. origin; cf. Dan valros, Sw. vallross, Norw. hvalros; literally, whale horse; akin to Icel. hrosshvalr, AS. horshwael. See Whale, and Horse.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Walrus

    wol′rus, n. a genus of aquatic, web-footed (pinniped) Carnivores, representative of a family (Trichechidæ) intermediate between the sea-lions and the seals—the upper canine teeth developed into enormous tusks—also called the Morse or the Seahorse. [Dut.,—Sw. vallross (Ice. hross-hvalr)—vall, a whale, Ice. hross, a horse.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. walrus

    [Dan. hval-ros]. The Trichecus rosmarus, a large amphibiousmarine animal, allied to the seals, found in the Arctic regions. Itsupper canines are developed into large descending tusks, of considerablevalue as ivory. It is also called morse, sea-horse, and sea-cow. Thisanimal furnished Cook, as well as our latest Arctic voyagers, withArctic beef. The skin is of the utmost importance to the Esquimaux, aswell as to the Russians of Siberia, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. walrus

    A type of marine animal.

    The Walrus is a beautiful marine animal and a joy to watch them and see them in documentaries.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 30, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of walrus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of walrus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of walrus in a Sentence

  1. Inna Vladimirskaya:

    The walrus looks much younger than its actual age because it spends so much time in cold water. Humans can reap the same benefits if they are prepared to put the hard work in.

  2. Donna James:

    These communities rely on walrus to fill their freezers throughout the year, they were not able to hunt the way they normally do because of changing sea ice and winds.

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