Weddell seal

noun

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

Examples of Weddell seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Satellites in space are helping to map Weddell seal populations. Catherine Hoffman, Discover Magazine, 11 May 2017

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Word History

Etymology

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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“Weddell seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Weddell%20seal. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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