bearded seal

noun

Definition of bearded seal

: a large arctic hair seal (Erignathus barbatus) with a tuft of long whiskers on each side of the muzzle

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And seal hunters this spring found bearded seals to harvest but not near the village. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Algae that clings to the bottom of sea ice blooms in spring, dies and sinks, sending an infusion of food to clams, snails and sea worms on the ocean floor — the prey of gray whales, walruses and bearded seals. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Polar bears might be the least vulnerable, with four other important species—bearded seals, walruses, bowhead whales and ringed seals—probably falling somewhere in the middle. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Ships Threaten Arctic Marine Mammals," 3 July 2018 In this vast, wild part of America, there may not be plumbing or potable water, the local store may not carry perishables and people may have to rely on caribou or salmon or bearded seal meat to stay fed. Alaska Dispatch News, "In Alaska’s far-flung villages, happiness is a cake mix," 18 Sep. 2017 In this vast, wild part of America, accessible only by water or air, there may not be plumbing or potable water, the local store may not carry perishables and people may have to rely on caribou or salmon or bearded seal meat to stay fed. Julia O’malley, New York Times, "In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix," 17 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bearded seal

1819, in the meaning defined above

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