Definition of Pinnipedia in English:

Pinnipedia

Line breaks: Pinni|pedia
Pronunciation: /ˌpɪnɪˈpiːdɪə
 
/

noun

Zoology
  • An order of carnivorous aquatic mammals which comprises the seals, sea lions, and walrus. They are distinguished by their flipper-like limbs.
    • Order Pinnipedia: three families
    More example sentences
    • Some authorities, however, consider the pinnipeds to be monophyletic and basal to all living carnivores (feliform and caniform), and place it in a separate order, the Pinnipedia.
    • The seals (Pinnipedia) have three extant families: Odobenidae, Otariidae (fur seals), and Phocidae (including gray seal and harbor seal).
    • Within Pinnipedia, the closer affinity of Otariidae to either Phocidae or Obodenidae has long been debated.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Latin pinna 'wing, fin' + pes, ped- foot.

More definitions of Pinnipedia

Definition of Pinnipedia in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space