walrus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n walrus either of two large northern marine mammals having ivory tusks and tough hide over thick blubber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
    • n Walrus (Zoöl) A very large marine mammal (Trichecus rosmarus) of the Seal family, native of the Arctic Ocean. The male has long and powerful tusks descending from the upper jaw. It uses these in procuring food and in fighting. It is hunted for its oil, ivory, and skin. It feeds largely on mollusks. Called also morse.☞ The walrus of the North Pacific and Behring Strait (Trichecus obesus) is regarded by some as a distinct species, by others as a variety of the common walrus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n walrus Any member of the family Trichechidæ (or Ros maridæ); a very large pinniped carnivorous mammal, related to the seals, having in the male enormous canine teeth protruding like tusks from the upper jaw. The common walrus, T. rosmarus, the, morse, sea-horse, sea-ox, or sea-cow, attains a total length of 10 to 12 feet in the full-grown male; individuals are reported to exceed 14 feet; a more nearly average length is 8 to 10 feet, with a girth of about as much. A weight of 2,500 to 3,000 pounds is acquired by old bulls, with a yield of 500 pounds of blubber. The whole length of the canines is about 2 feet, when they are full-grown, with a projection of 15 inches or more. These teeth are used in digging for the clams which form the principal food of the animal, and in climbing over uneven surfaces of rock or ice. A walrus 12 feet long has the fore flippers 2 feet long by about 1 foot broad; the flukes each about this length, but 2½ feet in extreme breadth when pressed out flat. The mammæ; of the female are two pairs, respectively abdominal and inguinal. Young and mid dle-aged individuals of both sexes are covered with a short coarse hair of a yellowish-brown color, deepening into dark reddish-brown on the belly and at the bases of the limbs. Old animals, especially the bulls, become almost naked, and the skin grows heavily wrinkled and plaited, especially on the fore quarters. In the glacial period the walrus ranged in North America southward on the Atlan tic coast to South Carolina. There is no evidence of its existence in New England since about 1550; from this date to 1600 it lived south to Nova Scotia. It now in habits some parts of Labrador, shores of Hudson's Bay, Greenland, and arctic regions as far north as Eskimos live or explorers have gone. It has been found in Scotland of late years, and on or off the arctic coasts of Europe and Asia, especially in Spitzbergen and Nova Zembla. It is readily captured, and the systematic destruction to which it has long been subjected has materially diminished its numbers in many different places. The blubber yields a valuable oil; from the hide a very tough and durable lea ther is made; and the tusks yield a superior ivory. The walrus of the North Pacific is now generally thought to be specifically distinct, and is known as T. or R. obesus, and Cook's walrus. It attains even greater size and weight than the common morse, and the hide is extremely rough. See also cuts under tusk and rosmarine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Walrus wol′rus a genus of aquatic, web-footed (pinniped) Carnivores, representative of a family (Trichechidæ) intermediate between the sea-lions and the seals—the upper canine teeth developed into enormous tusks—also called the Morse or the Seahorse.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. walrus,; of Scand. origin; cf. Dan valros, Sw. vallross, Norw. hvalros,; literally, whale horse; akin to Icel. hrosshvalr, AS. horshwæl,. See Whale, and Horse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut.,—Sw. vallross (Ice. hross-hvalr)—vall, a whale, Ice. hross, a horse.

Usage

In literature:

A number of the mammals found more freedom in the water and finally became whales, seals, and walruses.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
Possibly they take me for a seal or a walrus!
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Walrus, is it found in the Baltic?
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
We saw many walruses in this part.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
How should you like to hunt walruses?
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
They call the Thoracic "thin-skinned," and the Thoracic replies that the bony man has "a skin like a walrus.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
The crew had killed a walrus a few days before, and no doubt the bears had smelled it.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Do you suppose,' the Walrus said, 'that they could get it clear?
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
His long, sad face was more like a walrus' than ever.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
It was an ussuk, and so large that I at first mistook it for a walrus.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
In their turn, they are moved to tell how they met the walrus in fair fight and overcame him.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
I'd rather bunk in with a herd of walrus in the mating season.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
Water should be salt, so that no one could drink it unless he were a shark or a walrus.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
He had pierced seals, and even, once, a walrus.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Chasing ponies and hunting walruses were not the only amusements Sable Island afforded Eric.
"The Wreckers of Sable Island" by J. Macdonald Oxley
She must have 'wept to see such quantities of sand,' same as them oysters and walruses and carpenters.
"The Reclaimers" by Margaret Hill McCarter
While I was on a hummock inspecting the waters ahead, a huge monster of a walrus came up quite near us.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
It is made of a wooden frame, covered with walrus skin or sealskin, held in place by thongs of the former.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
I can see the walrus' head.
"The Swiss Family Robinson" by Jean Rudolph Wyss
The difference in structure and use of the posterior legs of the seal and walrus.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
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In poetry:

"I own six hundred reindeer,
With sheep and swine beside;
I have tribute from the Finns,
Whalebone and reindeer-skins,
And ropes of walrus-hide.
"Discoverer Of The North Cape. A Leaf From King Alfred's Orosius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And to the King of the Saxons,
In witness of the truth,
Raising his noble head,
He stretched his brown hand, and said,
"Behold this walrus-tooth!"
"Discoverer Of The North Cape. A Leaf From King Alfred's Orosius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"O Carpenter," the Walrus said,
"I sympathise with you.
You say that you are feeling odd,
I doubt not that you do,
For, curious as it may appear,
I feel peculiar, too."
"Avenged!" by P G Wodehouse
"O oysters!" moaned the Carpenter,
And that was all he said,
As on the coolest piece of rock
He laid his aching head.
The Walrus, too, refrained from speech,
He was already dead.
"Avenged!" by P G Wodehouse
"The time has come," the Walrus said;
"To talk of doctors' bills,
Of pulses up to fever height,
Of medicine and pills.
I would not for the world alarm,
But - shall we make our wills?"
"Avenged!" by P G Wodehouse
"O Carpenter," the Walrus said,
"Life's joys soon disappear.
There seem to be no oysters left,
We've swept the table clear."
The Carpenter said nothing but
"I'm feeling precious queer."
"Avenged!" by P G Wodehouse

In news:

Orphaned walruses cared for at SeaLife Center.
The two orphaned walruses at the Alaska SeaLife Center require constant care and seek out frequent contact with caregivers.
The baby walruses, Mitik and Pakak, traveled to their new zoos in jumbo-size crates on FedEx cargo jets.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An orphaned baby walrus rescued this summer off the coast of Alaska has found a new home at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Orphaned walruses cared for at Alaska Sealife Center.
Coast Guard Helps 2 Orphaned Walrus Calves.
For some reason, Walrus are so adorable.
The walrus and the publisher .
This July 31, 2012 photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center shows two of three orphaned walrus calves that are being cared for at the center in Seward, Alaska.
Young walrus now calls Aquarium home.
Walrus calves rescued in Alaska find new homes in B'klyn, Indianapolis.
Well, this walrus does none of those things.
Mitik, the New York Aquarium's new 15-week-old walrus, arrives tomorrow after being rescued in Alaska.
In the face of climate change and offshore drilling, biologists are tracking walruses to better understand their behavior and protect the areas most important to them.
Leah Combs, a trainer, and Colleen Reichmuth, a marine biologist, introduce us to three very charismatic walruses who are teaching scientists much about walrus vocalizations and communications.
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In science:

Cloud installation mode: Select following Cloud controller, Walrus storage service, Cluster controller, Storage controller 7.
Implementation of Private Cloud using Eucalyptus and an open source Operating System
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