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 The sea lion has earflaps and can walk on its flippers. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 At Norris Rocks off Hornby Island in Canada, this young sea lion played with a starfish. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 6 June 2021 From thrill rides to 5D movies, here are 9 things to do at Kentucky Kingdom: From cabanas, water rides and a sea lion show to special days at the park, here are 9 things to do at Kentucky Kingdom this summer. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 4 June 2021 In one case, a sea lion in the waters below the Golden Gate Bridge saved a drowning teen after his suicide attempt by nudging him back to the surface until a rescue boat arrived. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 With translation help from senior zookeeper Allison Jungheim, here's what star performer Sparky had to say: Seal or sea lion? Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021 The sea lion exhibit, now on its seventh Sparky, has been a fixture at the zoo for more than 60 years. Melissa Walker, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Chief among them is Seal Bay, the main hangout for the island's Australian sea lion colony, where the visitor experience has been earmarked for a facelift. Sarah Reid, Travel + Leisure, 23 May 2021 Her work has found that the proportion of sea lion pups the researchers define as at high risk of toxicological impact from mercury is increasing by 3.7% per year. Sara Tabin, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Jun 2021

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“Sea lion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sea lion

: a large seal that lives near coasts in the Pacific Ocean

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Kids Definition of sea lion

: a large seal of the Pacific Ocean

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