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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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