pinniped

noun
pin·​ni·​ped | \ ˈpi-nə-ˌped How to pronounce pinniped (audio) \

Definition of pinniped

: any of an order or suborder (Pinnipedia) of aquatic carnivorous mammals (such as a seal or walrus) with all four limbs modified into flippers

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pinniped adjective

Examples of pinniped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Walruses are the exception to the rule, as these large, tusked pinnipeds have nearly hairless bodies. National Geographic, "Seals," 24 Dec. 2019 Outfitted with specialized sensors that resemble lumpy metal yarmulkes with antennae, these pinnipeds are collecting data that’s helping researchers track how heat moves through ocean currents. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Seals with High-Tech Hats Are Collecting Climate Data in the Antarctic," 6 Dec. 2019 These tiny crustaceans form the base of the food web and their displacement trickled up the food chain, from herring to salmon to whales and seabirds and pinnipeds. oregonlive, "Climate change and the ocean: What the latest UN report means for the Oregon coast," 25 Sep. 2019 Though the summer camp is named after pinnipeds, the scientific classification of animals that includes seals and walruses, campers also learn about whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Children learn to care for pinnipeds at Pacific Marine Mammal Center," 26 July 2019 Some orcas specialize in eating salmon and other fish; others prefer pinnipeds (a group that includes seals and walruses), and a third type feasts on sharks. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Orcas May Turn Great White Sharks into Scaredy Cats," 8 July 2019 The big fish feed on pinnipeds like seals that are typically found close to shore. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Atlantic Ocean, explained," 18 Mar. 2019 Transient killer whales primarily feed on pinnipeds, of which there is no shortage in the waters around Astoria, while the Southern Residents prefer to dine on salmon. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "Transient pod of Orcas spotted east of Astoria bridge for first time," 10 May 2018 Among marine mammals, pinnipeds, such as seals, do—but cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins, do not. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Marine Mammals Yawn and More Questions From Our Readers," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of pinniped

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pinniped

ultimately from Latin pinna + ped-, pes foot — more at foot

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The first known use of pinniped was in 1866

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“Pinniped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinniped. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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