monk seal

noun

Definition of monk seal

: any of a genus (Monachus) of hair seals of Hawaii, the Mediterranean Sea, and formerly the Caribbean Sea

Examples of monk seal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Images of a Hawaiian monk seal being born on an Oahu beach have been captured on camera. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 The mother monk seal checked on her pup by barking as the newborn flapped its flippers. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 The organization said another monk seal mother, RH92, gave birth to a pup on April 14 after surviving an off-leash dog attack. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 20 Apr. 2022 One perhaps overzealous physician posthumously diagnosed a Cuban crocodile, a Canary Island monk seal, and a prehistoric German cave bear. Eric Boodman, STAT, 21 Dec. 2021 Koseda's project will initially focus on five recently extinct animals: the baiji dolphin, the Pyrenean ibex, the West African black rhino, the Formosan clouded leopard and the Caribbean monk seal. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 Separately, tourist Alex Magala posted an Instagram video of his encounter with a monk seal from his trip, which appears to have been in May of this year. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2021 Kostis, a Mediterranean monk seal, was a playful creature, beloved by residents of and visitors to the Greek island of Alonissos. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 According to the Associated Press, a man identified as Stephen and his wife came across a Hawaiian monk seal on the beach in Kauai last month. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, 15 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monk seal

1841, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Monk seal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monk%20seal. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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