A large marine mammal (Odobenus rosmarus) of Arctic regions, related to the seals and having two long tusks, tough wrinkled skin, and four flippers.
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.
Of, characteristic of, or suggestive of a walrus; specif., designating a mustache with long, drooping ends.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Danishhvalros, an inversion of Old Norse hrosshvalr (“horse-whale"). The term may have entered English via Dutchwalrus. Compare Icelandic hross (“a horse") and hvalur (“a whale") and German Walross.
Walrus Sentence Examples
Delphinopterus leucus, the sea-lion (Otaria Stelleri), and walrus abound off the coasts.
The walrus is now seldom seen, although in prehistoric times it was common.
He alone was aware of the existence of the new throne of walrus ivory embellished with three silver life-size lions, and of the new regalia, both of which treasures he had, by the king's command, concealed in a vault beneath the royal castle.
The walrus is now found mainly far N.; the sea otter, once fairly common throughout the Aleutian district, is now rarely found even on the remoter islands; the fur seal, whose habitat is the Pribilof Islands in Bering Sea, ha .s been considerably reduced in numbers by pelagic hunting.