Walross

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Etymology[edit]

Via Dutch walrus from a Norse source (cf. Danish hvalros). Secondary motivation in German as a compound of Wal +‎ Ross, thus “whale horse”.

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Noun[edit]

Walross n (genitive Walrosses, plural Walrosse or Walrösser)

  1. walrus

Usage notes[edit]

While the bare noun Ross preferably takes the plural form Rösser instead of Rosse, the situation with Walross is converse: Walrosse is more common than Walrösser.

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