earless seal

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earless seal

n.
Any of various seals of the family Phocidae, which includes the harbor seal and elephant seals, characterized by short fore flippers, hind flippers specialized for swimming, a coat of short sleek hair, and the absence of external ears. Also called phocid, true seal.

earless seal

n
(Animals) any seal of the pinniped family Phocidae, typically having rudimentary hind limbs, no external earflaps, and a body covering of hair with no underfur. Also called: hair seal Compare eared seal

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n.
any seal of the family Phocidae, lacking external ears and using the hind flippers only for swimming.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.earless seal - any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippersearless seal - any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers
seal - any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions
family Phocidae, Phocidae - earless seals
common seal, harbor seal, Phoca vitulina - small spotted seal of coastal waters of the northern hemisphere
harp seal, Pagophilus groenlandicus - common Arctic seal; the young are all white
elephant seal, sea elephant - either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunks
bearded seal, Erignathus barbatus, squareflipper square flipper - medium-sized greyish to yellow seal with bristles each side of muzzle; of the Arctic Ocean
bladdernose, Cystophora cristata, hooded seal - medium-sized blackish-grey seal with large inflatable sac on the head; of Arctic and northern Atlantic waters
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