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Part of speech: Noun

Origin: Latin, 19th century


A carnivorous aquatic mammal of the order Pinnipedia, such as a seal or walrus.

Examples of Pinniped in a sentence

"Seals, sea lions, and walruses are all pinnipeds — carnivorous mammals who live in the water."

"Billy thinks all types of pinnipeds are adorable, even though he knows they can be dangerous."

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About Pinniped

“Pinniped” was coined in the early 19th century by combining the suffix “-ped,” meaning “foot,” with the prefix “pinni-,” which refers to fins. From this, zoologists derived the biological suborder “Pinnipedia” consisting of 34 species of seals, walruses, and sea-lions.

Did you Know?

The Pinnipedia suborder of animal describes carnivorous aquatic mammals, but the term “pinniped” was once used to describe any creature whose feet were like fins—meaning seals, sea-lions, and walruses, but also certain crabs, birds, and sea-slugs.

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