Definitions of walrus

  1. either of two large northern marine mammals having ivory tusks and tough hide over thick blubber
  2. 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.
  3. A marine carnivorous mammal, the single species constituting a genus Trichecus, as well as the family Trichecidae, and belonging, with its allies the seals, to the Pinnigrade section of the order Carnivora. The walrus ( T. rosmarus), which is also known as the morse, sea- horse, and sea- cow, is distinguished by its round head, small mouth and eyes, thick lips, short neck, body thick in the middle and tapering towards the tail, wrinkled skin with short yellowish hairs thinly dispersed over it. The legs are short and loosely articulated; the five toes on each foot are connected by webs. The upper canine teeth are enormously developed in the adults, constituting two large pointed tusks directed downwards and slightly outwards, projecting considerably below the chin, and measuring usually 12 to 15 inches in length, sometimes even 2 feet and more. There are no external ears. The animal exceeds the largest ox in size, attaining a length of 20 feet. The walrus is gregarious but shy, and very fierce when attacked. It inhabits the shores of Spitzbergen, Hudson's Bay, and other places in high northern latitudes, where it is hunted by whalers for its blubber, which yields excellent oil; for its skin, which is made into a valuable thick and durable leather; and for its tusks, the ivory of which, though coarse grained, is compact, and is employed in the arts.
  4. The morse or sea- horse, a large amphibious and carnivorous mammal of the Arctic seas.
  5. 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.
  6. The sea- horse or morse, inhabiting the arctic seas, attaining the length of twenty feet, and sought for on account of its oil and tusks.
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