crabeater seal

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crab·​eat·​er seal | \ ˈkrab-ˌē-tər- How to pronounce crabeater seal (audio) \

Definition of crabeater seal

: an Antarctic hair seal (Lobodon carcinophaga) that feeds on krill and lives and breeds on pack ice

called also crabeater

Examples of crabeater seal in a Sentence

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, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 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, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 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, "Strange seal 'ballet' underneath Antarctic iceberg revealed in breathtaking photo," 27 Feb. 2020 There is also a species of pinniped known as the crabeater seal, which lives in Antarctica. National Geographic, "Seals," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of crabeater seal

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Crabeater seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crabeater%20seal. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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