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sea elephant


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sea elephant either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sea elephant (Zoöl) A very large seal (Macrorhinus proboscideus) of the Antarctic seas, much hunted for its oil. It sometimes attains a length of thirty feet, and is remarkable for the prolongation of the nose of the adult male into an erectile elastic proboscis, about a foot in length. Another species of smaller size (M. angustirostris) occurs on the coast of Lower California, but is now nearly extinct.
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In literature:

At intervals along the shore sea elephants disported their ungainly masses in the sunlight.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Some sea elephants were lying on the beach of the bay that he first entered, and this was named Sea Elephant Bay.
"The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson" by Ida Lee
He's a capital youth to work upon a whale or a sea-elephant!
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
The elephant is found from sea to sea, but he has not proved to be so amenable to domestication as his Asian brother.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV" by John Lord
The Californian sea-elephant and the sea-dog of the West Indies have shared a like fate.
"My Native Land" by James Cox
Examine Coast to Sea Elephant Rock.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
I never saw the sea elephant, and possibly this might have been a young female; but there was no appearance of any trunk.
"A Voyage to Terra Australis" by Matthew Flinders
The elephant was jerked off his feet, and came slipping and sliding toward the sea.
"The Child's World" by Hetty Browne, Sarah Withers, W.K. Tate
And now his highness has just announced to me that there are a troop of elephants and a great sea-serpent on the way.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
The wind put her ashore under the nose of the sandstone Elephant and the seas destroyed her.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
And Imogene, the elephant, a faithful and adoring pachyderm, pursued her lord and master into the sea.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
This is the breeding place of the sea elephant.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
But, let us go and see this sea-elephant that the children have discovered!
"The Wreck of the Nancy Bell" by J. C. Hutcheson
Of all the animals, however, the elephant was the most sea sick.
"Puss Junior and Robinson Crusoe" by David Cory
I could take hold of any person's elephant by the trunk, and throw it across seven seas.
"Santal Folk Tales" by A. Campbell
The sea lion had sounded like a promise of elephants to come.
"The Boy Grew Older" by Heywood Broun
SEA-ELEPHANT, male, structure of the nose of the, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
Sometimes a great sea-elephant would raise his noble head and gaze curiously at the passing barque, then dive and be seen no more.
"The Island of Gold" by Gordon Stables
Just back of Elephant Rock is the Cave, where may be seen some of the quartzite boulders rounded by the waves of the ancient Potsdam Sea.
"Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region" by H. E. Cole
The sea-elephant and sea-leopard are characteristic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various

In news:

This stretch of beach is Año Nuevo State Reserve, home to harbor seals, elephant seals, sea lions, numerous plants and animals and is a spectacular place to visit.
1 for my story was a stop at Ano Nuevo State Park, home of seals, sea lions, otters, and the animals for which the place is best known—the massive elephant seals.
The expedition team named the first male elephant seal they tagged "Koy," which means "sea" in the language of the Selk'nam, the now extinct native people of Patagonia .
Amsterdam Container Terminals, is to close, capping a doomed decade-long bid to shake off its White Elephant image and attract deep-sea container ships to a port just an hour's drive from Rotterdam, Europe's top container hub.
Along with cannas, palms and elephant ears, they can give any backyard the aura of an idyllic South Sea island -- at least for the summer.
I grew up with the crew of the Guppy (the Cap'ns ship), Sea Dog and even Smedley the Peanut Butter Crunch elephant.
Just try to resist a fuzzy sea lion, a fluffly otter, a cuddly red panda or a smiling plush elephant.