noun wal·rus \ˈwl-rəs, ˈwäl-\

: a large animal that lives on land and in the sea in northern regions and that has flippers and long tusks

plural walrus or wal·rus·es

Full Definition of WALRUS

:  a large gregarious marine mammal (Odobenus rosmarus of the family Odobenidae) of arctic waters that is related to the seals and has long ivory tusks, a tough wrinkled hide, and stiff whiskers and that feeds mainly on bivalve mollusks

Origin of WALRUS

Dutch, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan & Norwegian hvalros walrus, Old Norse rosmhvalr
First Known Use: 1728
WALRUS Defined for Kids


noun wal·rus \ˈwl-rəs\

Definition of WALRUS for Kids

:  a large animal of northern seas that is related to the seal and has long ivory tusks, a tough wrinkled hide, and flippers used in swimming, diving, and moving about on land


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