A genus of seals. It provides the typical harbor seal and allied species. See seal.
[capitalized] [NL.] A genus of Phocidæ or seals, formerly coextensive at the least, aided by the household, today limited to the area that will be represented by the common harbor-seal, P. vitulina, and some closely related types. See seal, and cut under harp-seal.
type genus associated with the Phocidae: earless seals
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