harp seal

noun

Definition of harp seal

: a dark-faced seal (Phoca groenlandicus) of the North Atlantic that is a variable light gray with the male usually having a dark crescent on its back and sides

Examples of harp seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Modeled after a baby harp seal and deliberately scaled to the weight of a human infant, Paro coos and wiggles and blinks its unnervingly expressive eyes when it is held. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "There’s No Cure for Covid-19 Loneliness, but Robots Can Help," 22 June 2020 Lion moms may live with their daughters for life, harp seals must cram every bit of their maternal care into less than two weeks, and many lizards never meet their offspring at all. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "Beautiful moments between animal mothers and their babies," 8 May 2020 In this image, Jennifer Hayes, on assignment for Traveler magazine, shows a mother harp seal coaxing her pup into the sea for a swimming lesson. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "How can cute things be so destructive?," 21 Nov. 2019 In some, like Quebec’s Magdalen Islands, wild animals (some 10,000 harp seals, such as the one below) outnumber wide-angle lenses. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Would you pay more for a greener holiday?," 26 Nov. 2019 Getting there The world of the harp seal isn’t just for professional photographers or extreme adventurers. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Inside the fragile world of Québec’s harp seals," 19 Dec. 2019 Before heading out, participants are briefed on harp seal biology, etiquette, and safety on the ice. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Inside the fragile world of Québec’s harp seals," 19 Dec. 2019 Think of robots like Paro the baby harp seal that can help the elderly stop feeling lonely. James Vincent, The Verge, "That video of a robot getting beaten is fake, but feeling sorry for machines is no joke," 17 June 2019 And the country’s Paro robot, a therapeutic bot that mimics a baby harp seal, is used in nursing homes to engage and entertain dementia patients. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of harp seal

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harp seal

from the shape of its markings

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“Harp seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harp%20seal. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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