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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. small spotted seal of coastal waters of the northern hemisphere;
[syn: harbor seal, common seal, Phoca vitulina]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Harbor \Har"bor\ (h[aum]r"b[~e]r), n. [Written also harbour.] [OE. herbor, herberwe, herberge, Icel. herbergi (cf. OHG. heriberga), orig., a shelter for soldiers; herr army + bjarga to save, help, defend; akin to AS. here army, G. heer, OHG. heri, Goth. harjis, and AS. beorgan to save, shelter, defend, G. bergen. See Harry, 2d Bury, and cf. Harbinger.] 1. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter. [1913 Webster] [A grove] fair harbour that them seems. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Specif.: A lodging place; an inn. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. (Astrol.) The mansion of a heavenly body. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 4. A portion of a sea, a lake, or other large body of water, either landlocked or artificially protected so as to be a place of safety for vessels in stormy weather; a port or haven. [1913 Webster] 5. (Glass Works) A mixing box for materials. [1913 Webster] Harbor dues (Naut.), fees paid for the use of a harbor. Harbor seal (Zool.), the common seal. Harbor watch, a watch set when a vessel is in port; an anchor watch. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seal \Seal\ (s[=e]l), n. [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG. selah, Dan. sael, Sw. sj[aum]l, Icel. selr.] (Zool.) Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families Phocidae and Otariidae. [1913 Webster] Note: 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 (Erignathus barbatus), the hooded seal (Cystophora cristata), and the ringed seal (Phoca foetida), 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. [1913 Webster] Harbor seal (Zool.), the common seal (Phoca vitulina). 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

harbor seal n 1: small spotted seal of coastal waters of the northern hemisphere [syn: harbor seal, common seal, Phoca vitulina]