hair seal


: any of a family (Phocidae) of seals having a coarse hairy coat, the hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers, and no external ears

called also true seal

compare eared seal

Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hair seal was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Hair seal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hair seal

: any of a family of seals with hairy coats and no ears on the outside of the head

called also earless seal, true seal

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