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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.]
(Animals) a brownish-grey earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus, of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans
a N Atlantic earless seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus.
[1775–85; so called from the harp-shaped markings on their backs]
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|Noun||1.||harp 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
phoque du Groenland