sea lion


Definition of 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 And an emergency room technician in Monterey who went diving last September and came across a dead sea lion slowly being devoured by starfish, 40 feet below the surface. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2022 Smith said the resort called Thursday morning to report the lost sea lion. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2022 San Diego’s wayward sea lion, now named Freeway, was discovered in a storm drain in a pretty dense, urban part of town more than a mile from ocean water. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 17 May 2022 While La Jolla Cove is open to visitors year-round, the San Diego City Council approved a seasonal closure of local beach Point La Jolla for sea lion mating season, according to KNSD. Stephanie Wenger,, 11 July 2022 With welcome drinks, guests walked through the Madagascar area of the zoo property to arrive at the outdoor cocktail hour by the sea lion exhibit. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Her favorite sea lion is Zoe, a female of about the same age as her, with a dark patch around the eyes and a distinctive scallop shape in her flipper. Nell Lewis; Video By Hazel Pfeifer, CNN, 3 May 2022 Decades ago, Lincoln City had its own celebrity sea lion who was known for breaking into residents’ homes. oregonlive, 27 Nov. 2021 California’s sea lion population has been growing enough that San Diego officials have closed some areas popular with tourists to give the animals space. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sea lion

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea lion was in 1697

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8 Aug 2022

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“Sea lion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of sea lion

: a large seal of the Pacific Ocean

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