One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of carnivorous aquatic mammals which comprises the seals, sea lions, and walrus. They are distinguished by their flipper-like limbs.
Order Pinnipedia: three families
- ‘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.’
- ‘The seals (Pinnipedia) have three extant families: Odobenidae, Otariidae (fur seals), and Phocidae (including gray seal and harbor seal).’
- ‘Within Pinnipedia, the closer affinity of Otariidae to either Phocidae or Obodenidae has long been debated.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Latin pinna ‘wing, fin’ + pes, ped- foot.
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