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walrus

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noun wal·rus \ˈwȯl-rəs, ˈwäl-\

Simple Definition of walrus

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

Full Definition of walrus

plural walrus or wal·rus·es

  1. :  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



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