Weddell seal


Wed·​dell seal wə-ˈdel- How to pronounce Weddell seal (audio) ˈwe-dᵊl- How to pronounce Weddell seal (audio)
: a vocal Antarctic hair seal (Leptonychotes weddelli) noted for its deep dives in search of food

Word History


James Weddell †1834 English navigator

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Weddell seal was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Weddell seal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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