Seehund

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compound of Seesea” + Hunddog”, cognate to Dutch zeehond. Possible from Proto-Germanic *selhaz, changed by folk etymology, therefore cognate to North Frisian selich, Middle Dutch seel, zēle, Old High German selah, Danish sæl.

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Seehund m (genitive Seehunds or Seehundes, plural Seehunde)

  1. seal, especially the common seal or harbor seal, (Phoca vitulina, a type of pinniped, mammal living in the ocean)

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