Definition of pinniped in English:

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pinniped

Pronunciation: /ˈpinēˌped/ Pronunciation: /ˈpinəˌped/
Zoology

noun

A carnivorous aquatic mammal of the order Pinnipedia, such as a seal or walrus.
Example sentences
  • Killer whales also prey on mammals such as other cetaceans and pinnipeds, as well as on birds and large fish.
  • Porpoising is a behavioral strategy used by small cetaceans and pinnipeds moving at high speed near the water surface.
  • This sensitivity could provide a means to track a dead whale's scent from miles away or find a pinniped rookery or haul-out site from their excrement droppings carried by the oceans currents.

adjective

Relating to or denoting pinnipeds.
Example sentences
  • We tested 42 microsatellite loci isolated from five pinniped species in a sample of 52 pups.
  • A healthy avoidance of pinniped colonies is another way to minimize human fatalities.
  • They look like seals, but sea lions actually belong to a different pinniped family.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pin·ni·ped

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