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Walrus

Definition of walrus:

part of speech: noun

A large aquatic animal resembling the seal, with long tusks.

part of speech: noun

A marine carnivorous mammal, the single species constituting a genus Trichecus, as well as the family Trichecidae, and belonging, with its allies the seals, to the Pinnigrade section of the order Carnivora. The walrus ( T. rosmarus), which is also known as the morse, sea- horse, and sea- cow, is distinguished by its round head, small mouth and eyes, thick lips, short neck, body thick in the middle and tapering towards the tail, wrinkled skin with short yellowish hairs thinly dispersed over it. The legs are short and loosely articulated; the five toes on each foot are connected by webs. The upper canine teeth are enormously developed in the adults, constituting two large pointed tusks directed downwards and slightly outwards, projecting considerably below the chin, and measuring usually 12 to 15 inches in length, sometimes even 2 feet and more. There are no external ears. The animal exceeds the largest ox in size, attaining a length of 20 feet. The walrus is gregarious but shy, and very fierce when attacked. It inhabits the shores of Spitzbergen, Hudson's Bay, and other places in high northern latitudes, where it is hunted by whalers for its blubber, which yields excellent oil; for its skin, which is made into a valuable thick and durable leather; and for its tusks, the ivory of which, though coarse grained, is compact, and is employed in the arts.

part of speech: noun

A large, seal- like sea animal of the Arctic Ocean, valuable for blubber, skin, and tusks.

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