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A seal of the family Phocidae, which originally comprised the seals together with the walruses but is now restricted to the true or earless seals; an earless seal.
Of or relating to the family Phocidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From scientific Latin Phoca, genus name + -id, after scientific Latin Phocidae, family name.
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