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true seal

noun

earless seal

noun
1.
any seal of the family Phocidae, comprising seals that lack external ears and that use the hind flippers for swimming: land locomotion is accomplished by wriggling and by propelling with the front flippers.
Also called true seal.
Compare eared seal.
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  • If this be the true seal, how would you use it, Shabaka, to help us in our present trouble?

    The Ancient Allan H. Rider Haggard
  • The Eared Seal is distinguished from the true seal, as his name implies by the possession of external ears.

  • A fur seal swims with his fore flippers, a true seal with his hind flippers.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for true seal

earless seal

noun
1.
any seal of the pinniped family Phocidae, typically having rudimentary hind limbs, no external earflaps, and a body covering of hair with no underfur Also called hair seal Compare eared seal
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