walrus

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English[edit]

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A walrus

Etymology[edit]

From Danish hvalros, an inversion of Old Norse hrosshvalr (horse-whale). The term may have entered English via Dutch walrus. Compare Icelandic hross (a horse) and hvalur (a whale), and German Walross.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɔːl.ɹəs/, /ˈwɒl.ɹəs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɑl.ɹəs/, /ˈwɔl.ɹəs/
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Noun[edit]

walrus (plural walruses or walrus or walrusses)

  1. A large Arctic marine mammal related to seals and having long tusks, tough, wrinkled skin, and four flippers, Odobenus rosmarus.
    • 1887 — James W. Buel, Sea and Land, page 251.
      Of all the Phocine family none present so terrible and grotesque an appearance as the gigantic Walrus, also known as the morse and sea-horse.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch walrus, probably from Danish hvalros or Swedish valross, from an inversion of Old Norse hrosshvalr (horse-whale).

Noun[edit]

walrus (plural walrusse)

  1. walrus, Odobenus rosmarus

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English walrus, from Danish hvalros, an inversion of Old Norse hrosshvalr (literally horse-whale). The term may have entered English via Dutch walrus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: wal‧rus

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walrus

  1. a walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The origin of this word is not wholly certain, with several theories proposed. Probably borrowed from Danish hvalros or Swedish valross, from an inversion of Old Norse hrosshvalr (horse-whale). Equivalent to wal (whale; large sea-animal) +‎ ros (horse).[1] Preference for borrowing the inverted form could have happened due to the influence of the already existing Dutch compound walvis (whale, literally whale-fish). An alternate theory is that is comes from wal (shore) +‎ reus (giant).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɑlrʏs/
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  • Hyphenation: wal‧rus

Noun[edit]

walrus m (plural walrussen, diminutive walrusje n)

  1. walrus, any member of the family Odobenidae of which Odobenus rosmarus is the sole extant member

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  • Afrikaans: walrus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philippa, Marlies; Debrabandere, Frans; Quak, Arend; Schoonheim, Tanneke; van der Sijs, Nicoline (2003–2009) Etymologisch woordenboek van het Nederlands (in Dutch), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press