Found 2 items, similar to harbor seal.
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Definition: harbor seal
n : small spotted seal of coastal waters of the northern
hemisphere [syn: common seal
, Phoca vitulina
English → English
Definition: Harbor seal
(h[aum]r"b[~e]r), n. [Written also harbour
[OE. herbor, herberwe, herberge, Icel. herbergi (cf. OHG.
heriberga), orig., a shelter for soldiers; herr army + bjarga
to save, help, defend; akin to AS. here army, G. heer, OHG.
heri, Goth. harjis, and AS. beorgan to save, shelter, defend,
G. bergen. See Harry
, 2d Bury
, and cf. Harbinger
1. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security
and comfort; a refuge; a shelter.
[A grove] fair harbour that them seems. --Spenser.
For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked.
2. Specif.: A lodging place; an inn. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
3. (Astrol.) The mansion of a heavenly body. [Obs.]
4. A portion of a sea, a lake, or other large body of water,
either landlocked or artificially protected so as to be a
place of safety for vessels in stormy weather; a port or
5. (Glass Works) A mixing box for materials.
(Naut.), fees paid for the use of a harbor.
(Zo["o]l.), the common seal.
, a watch set when a vessel is in port; an
(s[=e]l), n. [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG.
selah, Dan. s[ae]l, Sw. sj["a]l, Icel. selr.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families Phocid[ae]
Note: Seals inhabit seacoasts, and are found principally in
the higher latitudes of both hemispheres. There are
numerous species, bearing such popular names as sea lion
, sea leopard
, sea bear
, or ursine seal
, and sea elephant
. The bearded seal
), the hooded seal (Cystophora cristata
), and the ringed seal (Phoca f[oe]tida
are northern species. See also Eared seal
, Harp seal
, Monk seal
, and Fur seal
, under Eared
, and Fur
. Seals are much hunted for
their skins and fur, and also for their oil, which in
some species is very abundant.
(Zo["o]l.), the common seal (Phoca vitulina
It inhabits both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific
Ocean, and often ascends rivers; -- called also marbled seal
, native seal
, river seal
, bay seal
, land seal
, sea calf
, sea cat
, sea dog