Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Tangfish'
Tangfish Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
- Seal \Seal\ (s[=e]l), n. [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG.
selah, Dan. s[ae]l, Sw. sj["a]l, Icel. selr.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families Phocid[ae]
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
crustata), and the ringed seal (Phoca f[oe]tida),
are northern species. See also Eared seal, Harp
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
Harbor seal (Zo["o]l.), 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.
- Tangfish \Tang"fish`\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
The common harbor seal. [Prov. Eng.]