walrus

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noun wal·rus \ˈwȯl-rəs, ˈwäl-\

Definition of walrus

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walrus

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  1. :  a large gregarious marine mammal (Odobenus rosmarus of the family Odobenidae) of arctic waters related to the seals that has limbs modified into webbed flippers, long ivory tusks, a tough wrinkled hide, stiff whiskers, and a thick layer of blubber The male walrus may reach a weight of over 3700 pounds (1678 kilograms). Walrus typically inhabit moving pack ice and usually feed on organisms (such as clams and mussels) living on or near the oceanȧs bottom. Walrus of the northern Atlantic are considered a separate subspecies (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) from the somewhat larger northern Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens).

Origin and Etymology of walrus

Dutch, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish & Norwegian hvalros walrus, Old Norse rosmhvalr


First Known Use: 1728


WALRUS Defined for English Language Learners

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noun wal·rus \ˈwȯl-rəs, ˈwäl-\

Definition of walrus for English Language Learners

  • : a large animal that lives on land and in the sea in northern regions and that has flippers and long tusks


WALRUS Defined for Kids

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noun wal·rus \ˈwȯl-rəs\

Definition of walrus for Students

  1. :  a large animal of northern seas that is related to the seal and has long ivory tusks, a tough wrinkled hide, and flippers used in swimming, diving, and moving about on land



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