Walrus meaning

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A large marine mammal (Odobenus rosmarus) of Arctic regions, related to the seals and having two long tusks, tough wrinkled skin, and four flippers.
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A massive, arctic sea carnivore (Odobenus rosmarus) of the same family (Otariidae) as the eared seals, having two tusks projecting from the upper jaw, a thick mustache, a very thick hide, and a heavy layer of blubber.
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Of, characteristic of, or suggestive of a walrus; specif., designating a mustache with long, drooping ends.
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(countable) A large Arctic marine mammal related to seals and having long tusks, tough, wrinkled skin, and four flippers, Odobenus rosmarus.
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Origin of walrus

  • Dutch of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Danish hvalros, an inversion of Old Norse hrosshvalr (“horse-whale"). The term may have entered English via Dutch walrus. Compare Icelandic hross (“a horse") and hvalur (“a whale") and German Walross.

    From Wiktionary