harp seal


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harp seal

n.
A seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus syn. Phoca groenlandica) of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans that is commercially hunted, primarily for its pelt.

[From the shape of the markings on its shoulders and sides.]

harp seal

n
(Animals) a brownish-grey earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus, of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans

harp′ seal`


n.
a N Atlantic earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus.
[1775–85; so called from the harp-shaped markings on their backs]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harp seal - common Arctic sealharp seal - common Arctic seal; the young are all white
earless seal, hair seal, true seal - any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers
Translations
tuleň grónský
Sattelrobbe
grönlanninhylje
phoque du Groenland
grönlandi fóka
vöðuselur
タテゴトアザラシ
grenlandinis ruonis
tadelrob
grønlandssel
foka grenlandzka
grönlandssäl
แมวน้ำลายพิณ
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Rather than try to obfuscate, Zelko would be better served explaining why Greenpeace had insisted that the harp seal was on the road to extinction.
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None of these additional calls matched those described for any other Arctic marine mammal species, including the spotted seal (Phoca largha), harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), and walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) (Beier and Wartzok, 1979; Terhune, 1994; Sjare et al.
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