sea lion


: any of several Pacific eared seals (such as genera Eumetopias and Zalophus) that are usually larger than the related fur seals and lack a thick underfur

Examples of sea lion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, the diversity is captivating - from Australian sea lions to various bird species, some teetering on the brink of extinction. Jordi Lippe-McGraw, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 California Holiday beachgoers face an unexpected peril: aggressive, biting sea lions. Caroline Petrow-Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Higher ticket options include a chance to shadow dolphin trainers, or spend half a day with the dolphins and sea lions. Gwen Filosa, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 Without predators, there would be an ecological balance shift and some animals — sea lions, for example — could become overpopulated. Ana Ramirez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2023 Toward the end of a Jan. 23 tour, boaters spotted four orcas hunting sea lions, Monterey Bay Whale Watch said in a Jan. 24 Facebook post. Moira Ritter, Sacramento Bee, 24 Jan. 2024 Other marine life experiences offered at the resort include snorkeling with dolphins, having play time with sea lions, and getting up close and personal with stingrays. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 Adults must contend with voracious sea lions in the lower Columbia River. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2023 Before cruising down the Beagle Channel, which is filled with marine life, including sea lions and penguins, the ship was scheduled to make a stop at the Falkland Islands, where guests will meet some of its 3,000 inhabitants. Ceylan Yeginsu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea lion was in 1697

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“Sea lion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sea lion

: any of several large Pacific seals that have small ears on the outside of the body

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