Of marine mammals the most characteristic are the sea-lion, fur-seal, sea-otter and harbour-seal.
The sea-lion was very glad to have the lice picked out of its head.
I just thought I heard a sea-lion roaring and I went out to see.
Penaumbe went down to the sea-shore, and saw a sea-lion, as Panaumbe had done.
Your sea-lion has no beauty to speak of; but he is an expert fisher and knows how to dry himself upon the rocks.
You remember the sea-lion at the Zoo, of which the French attendant was so fond?
The sea-lion's ears are very minute, mere apologies one might think; but don't be hasty.
In South America the tongue of a sea-lion is esteemed a great delicacy.
As we have already noticed, the sealskin sold in shops is really the skin of a sea-lion.
Some travellers have confounded the dugon with the sea-lion.
c.1600, "kind of lobster," from sea + lion. Later the name of a fabulous animal (in heraldry, etc.), 1660s. Applied from 1690s to various species of large eared seals. As code name for the planned German invasion of Britain, it translates German Seelöwe, announced by Hitler July 1940, scrubbed October 1940.