sea-lion (n.) c.1600, "kind of lobster," from SEA (Cf. sea) + LION (Cf. lion). Later "a fabulous animal" (in heraldry, etc.), 1660s. Applied from 1690s to various species of large eared seals. As code name for the planned German invasion of Britain, it translates Ger. Seelöwe, announced by Hitler July 1940, scrubbed October 1940.

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  • Sea lion — Sea li on (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several large species of seals of the family {Otariid[ae]} native of the Pacific Ocean, especially the southern sea lion ({Otaria jubata}) of the South American coast; the northern sea lion ({Eumetopias Stelleri})… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea lion — sea lions also sea lion N COUNT A sea lion is a type of large seal …   English dictionary

  • sea lion — sea .lion n a large type of ↑seal that lives near the coast in the Pacific Ocean …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sea lion — sea ,lion noun count a large type of SEAL …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sea lion — ► NOUN ▪ a large seal of the Pacific Ocean, the male of which has a mane on the neck and shoulders …   English terms dictionary

  • sea lion — n. any of several genera of large, eared seals without underfur, usually living in colonies along the Pacific coastline …   English World dictionary

  • Sea lion — This article is about the aquatic mammal. For other uses, see Sea lion (disambiguation). Otariids Temporal range: Late Oligocene – Recent California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) …   Wikipedia

  • sea lion — 1. any of several large eared seals, as Eumetopias jubatus (Steller s sea lion), of the northern Pacific, and Zalophus californicus (California sea lion), of the Pacific coast of North America. 2. Heraldry. a monster having the forepart of a lion …   Universalium

  • sea lion — noun any of several large eared seals of the northern Pacific related to fur seals but lacking their valuable coat • Hypernyms: ↑eared seal • Hyponyms: ↑South American sea lion, ↑Otaria Byronia, ↑California sea lion, ↑Zalophus californianus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea lion — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sea lion : singular sea lion plural sea lions a large type of seal …   English dictionary

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