One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An eared seal (i.e. a sea lion or a fur seal); an otariid.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Henry McMurtrie (1793–1865). From French otarie from ancient Greek ὠτάριον little ear from ὠτ-, οὖς ear + -άριον, extended form of -ιον, diminutive suffix, so named with allusion to the animal's distinctive auricles.
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