1. noun
Any of various large marine mammals belonging to the superfamily (formerly conisederd a suborder) Pinnipedia comprising walruses, eared seals and earless seals.
Pertaining to such a mammal.

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  • pinniped — [pin′ipē′dē ənpin′i ped΄] adj. [< ModL Pinnipedia < L pinnapes, pinnipes, having winged feet < pinna, feather, fin (see PEN2) + pes,FOOT] having finlike feet or flippers n. a pinniped carnivore, as a seal or walrus: Also pinnipedian… …   English World dictionary

  • Pinniped — Pin ni*ped, n. [L. pinna feather, fin + pes, pedis, a foot: cf. F. pinnip[ e]de.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of the Pinnipedia; a seal. (b) One of the Pinnipedes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pinniped — (n.) 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 (Cf. foot) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pinniped — Taxobox name = Pinnipeds fossil range = Late Oligocene Recent image width = 250px image caption = Common Seal ( Phoca vitulina ) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata subphylum = Vertebrata classis = Mammalia ordo = Carnivora subordo = Caniformia… …   Wikipedia

  • pinniped — pinnipedian /pin euh pee dee euhn/, adj., n. /pin euh ped /, adj. 1. belonging to the Pinnipedia, a suborder of carnivores with limbs adapted to an aquatic life, including the seals and walruses. n. 2. a pinniped animal. [1835 45; < NL Pinnipedia …   Universalium

  • pinniped — noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin pinna + ped , pes foot more at foot Date: 1866 any of an order or suborder (Pinnipedia) of aquatic carnivorous mammals (as a seal or walrus) with all four limbs modified into flippers • pinniped adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pinniped — pin•ni•ped [[t]ˈpɪn əˌpɛd[/t]] adj. 1) bio tax belonging to the Pinnipedia, a grouping of carnivorous aquatic mammals that have their limbs broadened and flattened into flippers, as seals and walruses 2) mam a pinniped animal • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • pinniped — adj. & n. adj. denoting any aquatic mammal with limbs ending in fins. n. a pinniped mammal. Etymology: L pinna fin + pes ped foot …   Useful english dictionary

  • pinniped mammal — noun aquatic carnivorous mammal having a streamlined body specialized for swimming with limbs modified as flippers • Syn: ↑pinniped, ↑pinnatiped • Hypernyms: ↑aquatic mammal • Hyponyms: ↑seal, ↑walrus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pinniped — A member of the suborder Pinnipedia, aquatic carnivorous mammals with all four limbs modified into flippers ( e.g., seal, walrus). [L. pinna, feather (wing), + pes (ped ), foot] …   Medical dictionary

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