crabeater seal

noun

crab·​eat·​er seal ˈkrab-ˌē-tər- How to pronounce crabeater seal (audio)
: an Antarctic hair seal (Lobodon carcinophaga) that feeds on krill and lives and breeds on pack ice

called also crabeater

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Clumsy and laborious on land, crabeater seals are elegant and agile swimmers that spend their entire lives in the pack ice zone surrounding the frozen continent. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 11 May 2020 Clumsy and laborious on land, crabeater seals are elegant and agile swimmers that spend their entire lives in the pack ice zone surrounding the frozen continent. Popular Science, 13 May 2020 The ethereal photograph, taken by French photographer Greg Lecouer underneath an iceberg, shows four crabeater seals drifting in the frigid waters. Fox News, 27 Feb. 2020 There is also a species of pinniped known as the crabeater seal, which lives in Antarctica. National Geographic, 24 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crabeater seal was in 1913

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“Crabeater seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crabeater%20seal. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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