Harbor seal(Zoöl.), the common seal It inhabits both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Ocean, and often ascends rivers; — called also marbled seal, native seal, river seal, bay seal, land seal, sea calf, sea cat, sea dog, dotard, ranger, selchie, tangfish.

(Seal), n. [OE. seel, OF. seel, F. sceau, fr. L. sigillum a little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum a mark, sign, figure, or image. See Sign, n., and cf. Sigil.]

1. An engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an impression in wax or other soft substance, to be attached to a document, or otherwise used by way of authentication or security.

2. Wax, wafer, or other tenacious substance, set to an instrument, and impressed or stamped with a seal; as, to give a deed under hand and seal.

Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond
Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud.

Sea hen
(Sea" hen`) (Zoöl.) The common guillemot; — applied also to various other sea birds.

Sea hog
(Sea" hog`) (Zoöl.) The porpoise.

Sea holly
(Sea" hol"ly) (Bot.) An evergeen seashore plant See Eryngium.

Sea holm
(Sea" holm`) A small uninhabited island.

Sea holm
(Sea" holm`). (Bot.) Sea holly.

Sea horse
(Sea" horse`)

1. A fabulous creature, half horse and half fish, represented in classic mythology as driven by sea dogs or ridden by the Nereids. It is also depicted in heraldry. See Hippocampus.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) The walrus. (b) Any fish of the genus Hippocampus.

In a passage of Dryden's, the word is supposed to refer to the hippopotamus.

Sea hulver
(Sea" hul"ver) (Bot.) Sea holly.

(Sea"-is`land) a. Of or pertaining to certain islands along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia; as, sea-island cotton, a superior cotton of long fiber produced on those islands.

Sea jelly
(Sea" jel"ly) (Zoöl.) A medusa, or jellyfish.

(Seak) n. Soap prepared for use in milling cloth.

Sea kale
(Sea" kale") (Bot.) See under Kale.

Sea king
(Sea" king`) One of the leaders among the Norsemen who passed their lives in roving the seas in search of plunder and adventures; a Norse pirate chief. See the Note under Viking.

(Seal) n. [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG. selah, Dan. sæl, Sw. själ, Icel. selr.] (Zoöl.) Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families Phocidæ and Otariidæ.

Seals inhabit seacoasts, and are found principally in the higher latitudes of both hemispheres. There are numerous species, bearing such popular names as sea lion, sea leopard, sea bear, or ursine seal, fur seal, and sea elephant. The bearded seal the hooded seal and the ringed seal are northern species. See also Eared seal, Harp seal, Monk seal, and Fur seal, under Eared, Harp, Monk, and Fur. Seals are much hunted for their skins and fur, and also for their oil, which in some species is very abundant.

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