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elephant seal Syllabification: el·e·phant seal
Pronunciation: /ˈeləfənt sē(ə)l/

Definition of elephant seal in English:


A large seal that breeds on the west coast of North America and the islands around Antarctica. The male is much larger than the female and has a very thick neck and an inflatable snout.
  • Genus Mirounga, family Phocidae: two species
Example sentences
  • It's home to the threatened southern elephant seal, the fur seal, two species of albatross and several species of, yes, penguin.
  • To a lesser extent harbor seals are eaten, and we suspect on at least one occasion the birds found and fed upon a dead elephant seal.
  • The northern elephant seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is known as the deepest continually diving phocid seal.
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