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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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British Dictionary definitions for pinnipedian

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 pinnipedian
pinniped
1842, from Mod.L. pinnipedia, suborder of aquatic carnivorous mammals (seals and walruses), lit. "having feet as fins," from L. pinna "fin" + pes, gen. pedis "foot" (see foot).
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pinnipedian 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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