Definition of Pinnipedia in English:

Pinnipedia

plural noun

Zoology
  • An order of carnivorous aquatic mammals which comprises the seals, sea lions, and walrus. They are distinguished by their flipper-like limbs.

    • ‘The seals (Pinnipedia) have three extant families: Odobenidae, Otariidae (fur seals), and Phocidae (including gray seal and harbor seal).’
    • ‘Some authorities, however, consider the pinnipeds to be monophyletic and basal to all living carnivores (feliform and caniform), and place it in a separate order, the Pinnipedia.’
    • ‘Within Pinnipedia, the closer affinity of Otariidae to either Phocidae or Obodenidae has long been debated.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Latin pinna wing, fin + pes, ped- foot.

Pronunciation:

Pinnipedia

/ˌpɪnɪˈpiːdɪə/