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An animal of the family Otariidae, which comprises carnivorous marine mammals having small external ears (the eared seals, i.e. fur seals and sea lions).
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the otariids.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From scientific Latin Otariidae, family name from Otaria, genus name + -idae.
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