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pinniped

[pin-uh-ped] /ˈpɪn əˌpɛd/
adjective
1.
belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivores with limbs adapted to an aquatic life, including the seals and walruses.
noun
2.
a pinniped animal.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Neo-Latin Pinnipedia. See pinna, -i-, -ped, -ia
Related forms
pinnipedian
[pin-uh-pee-dee-uh n] /ˌpɪn əˈpi di ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
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Examples from the web for pinniped
  • The light coloration is still visible when the body is wet, which is different from many pinniped species.
  • pinniped abundance corresponded with peak salmonid returns.
  • Any unknown pinniped reported from areas where ice seals are found was included.
British Dictionary definitions for pinniped

pinniped

/ˈpɪnɪˌpɛd/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Pinnipedia, an order of aquatic placental mammals having a streamlined body and limbs specialized as flippers: includes seals, sea lions, and the walrus
noun
2.
any pinniped animal
Compare fissiped
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin pinnipēs, from Latin pinna feather, fin + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for pinniped
n.

1842, from Modern Latin Pinnipedia, suborder of aquatic carnivorous mammals (seals and walruses), literally "having feet as fins," from Latin pinna in secondary sense "fin" (see pin (n.)) + pes, genitive pedis "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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pinniped in Science
pinniped
  (pĭn'ə-pěd')   
Any of various carnivorous, aquatic mammals of the group Pinnipedia, which some believe is a suborder of the Carnivora but others consider a separate mammalian order. Pinnipeds have long, smooth bodies and finlike flippers for swimming. Seals and walruses are pinnipeds.
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