elephant seal

noun

: either of two very large seals (genus Mirounga of the family Phocidae) characterized by a long inflatable proboscis:
a
: one (M. angustirostris) found in Pacific coastal waters from southeastern Alaska to Baja California
b
: one (M. leonina) found in coastal waters of subantarctic islands and Patagonia

Examples of elephant seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The center is at maximum capacity right now, with 47 elephant seals, 37 California sea lions and eight harbor seals. Laura Randall, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2024 In South America, it’s caused the death of more than 17,000 elephant seals. Gabrielle Emanuel, NPR, 14 June 2024 Her kids spotted elephant seals basking at Año Nuevo State Park. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024 San Simeon’s Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery bills itself as the only elephant seal rookery in the world that's free and open to the public every day of the year, and otters galore are a hit while kayaking in the Morro Bay Estuary. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for elephant seal 

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elephant seal was in 1839

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“Elephant seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elephant%20seal. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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