California sea lion

noun

Definition of California sea lion

: a small brown sea lion (Zalophus californianus) that occurs especially along the Pacific coast of North America from Vancouver Island to Baja California and the Gulf of California and in the Galapagos Islands and that is the seal most often trained to perform in circuses

First Known Use of California sea lion

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“California sea lion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/California%20sea%20lion. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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