walrus

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English[edit]

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A walrus

Etymology[edit]

Probably borrowed from Dutch walrus, a compound of wal (whale) and ros (horse). Displaced native Old English horshwæl. Compare similar constructions in Danish hvalros, Old Norse hrosshvalr, 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 or (both nonstandard, proscribed, uncommon) walri or walrii)

  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

Noun[edit]

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). The Old Norse word may, however, been a folk-etymological modification of Old Norse rossmal, related to Proto-Germanic *rusta-, from the rust colour of the animal.[1] Preference for borrowing the inverted form could have been due to the influence of the already existing Dutch compound walvis (whale, literally whale-fish).

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