hooded seal definition

  • noun:
    • A seal (Cystophora cristata) of north seas, having a grayish, spotted layer and an inflatable hoodlike or bladderlike pouch approximately the nose. Also referred to as bladdernose.
    • An arctic seal, Cystophora christata, notable the fleshy bulge on its forehead and nose.
    • medium-sized blackish-grey seal with large expansive sac regarding head; of Arctic and north Atlantic seas
  • adjective:
    • a big North Atlantic seal (Cystophora cristata). The male features a large, inflatible, hoodlike sac upon the top. Called also hoodcap.

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