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 Today, the Navy trains about 30 dolphins and 30 sea lions at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego to track sea mines. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Does Iran Have Secret Armed Dolphin Assassins?," 13 Jan. 2020 Taylor was instrumental in getting sea lions protected in New South Wales in 1971. Esan Swan, CNN, "She filmed sharks for 'Jaws' -- then she dedicated her life to protecting them," 25 Nov. 2019 SeaWorld's Jody Westberg expects to release sea lions early next year and is dreading what could happen next. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Pacific Ocean "blob" harming marine life made worse by climate change," 16 Sep. 2019 Humpback whales are filter-feeding animals who have no interest in consuming sea lions. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A rare photograph shows a sea lion trapped in the mouth of a humpback whale," 30 July 2019 The main attraction here is the wildlife, so pack a pair of binoculars and prepare to explore a nearly undisturbed corner of the world, packed with birds, turtles, sea lions, and more. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 Humpbacks have been observed protecting seals, sea lions, and other whale species from the predators. National Geographic, "Parrots help others in need, study shows for first time," 10 Jan. 2020 Department officials said there are several California and Steller sea lions at Willamette Falls. oregonlive, "Bill Monroe: Oregon fishing, hunting to return almost to normal next week," 1 May 2020 The tegu flicks its tongue, and the sea lion keeps turning its head to look at the creature. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Animals Are Taking Adorable Field Trips During Quarantine," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sea lion

1697, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2020

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“Sea lion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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