Any of several seals of the genera Callorhinus and Arctocephalus, having thick fur and external ears. Fur seals were heavily hunted for their pelts, but most species are now protected.
Any of several eared seals (esp. genus Callorhinus) with soft, thick underfur.
A marinemammal of either of the genera Arctocephalus or Callorhinus of the eared seal family Otariidae. They differ from the true seals by having small, visible ears and the ability to walk on land.
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Fur-seal Sentence Examples
The fur-seal industry has been better protected but still unavailingly.
They have also felt the fatal influence of the liquor traffic. From 1893 to 1895 the United States expended $55,000 to support the natives of the Fur Seal Islands.
Dall, " Alaska as it was and is, 1865-1895," in Bulletin of the Philadelphia Society of Washington, xiii.; Governor of Alaska, Annual Report to the Secretary of the Interior; Fur Seal Arbitration, Proceedings (Washington, 1895, 16 vols.); also Great Britain, Foreign Office Correspondence, United States, Nos.
He was technical delegate at several international conferences, including the fur-seal conference (1911) at Washington between the United States, Great Britain, Russia and Japan.
Although virtually annihilated last century, the fur seal population has recovered steadily, and now numbers in excess of 50,000 individuals.