eared seal


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eared seal

n.
Any of various seals of the family Otariidae, which includes the sea lions and fur seals, characterized by external ears, oarlike front flippers, and hind flippers that can be turned forward for walking on land.

eared seal

n
(Animals) any seal of the pinniped family Otariidae, typically having visible earflaps and conspicuous hind limbs that can be used for locomotion on land. Compare earless seal

eared′ seal′


n.
any seal of the family Otariidae, comprising the sea lions and fur seals, having external ears and flexible hind flippers that are used when moving about on land.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eared seal - pinniped mammal having external ear flaps and hind limbs used for locomotion on landeared seal - pinniped mammal having external ear flaps and hind limbs used for locomotion on land; valued for its soft underfur
seal - any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions
family Otariidae, Otariidae - eared seals: sea lions and fur seals
fur seal - eared seal of the southern hemisphere; the thick soft underfur is the source of sealskin; "the male fur seal is much larger than the female"
fur seal - an eared seal of the northern Pacific
sea lion - any of several large eared seals of the northern Pacific related to fur seals but lacking their valuable coat
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By contrast, eared seals are much better adapted for terrestrial locomotion, as they can rotate their hind flippers forward, prop themselves up on four hairless limbs, and actually "walk" on land.