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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawl-ruh s, wol-]
    • /ˈwɔl rəs, ˈwɒl-/
    • /ˈwɔːl.rəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawl-ruh s, wol-]
    • /ˈwɔl rəs, ˈwɒl-/

Definitions of walrus word

  • noun plural walrus a large marine mammal, Odobenus nosmarus, of arctic seas, related to the seals, and having flippers, a pair of large tusks, and a tough, wrinkled skin. 1
  • noun walrus A large gregarious marine mammal related to the eared seals, having two large downward-pointing tusks and found in the Arctic Ocean. 1
  • countable noun walrus A walrus is a large, fat animal which lives in the sea. It has two long teeth called tusks that point downwards. 0
  • noun walrus a pinniped mammal, Odobenus rosmarus, of northern seas, having a tough thick skin, upper canine teeth enlarged as tusks, and coarse whiskers and feeding mainly on shellfish: family Odobenidae 0
  • noun walrus a massive, arctic sea carnivore (Odobenus rosmarus) of the same family (Otariidae) as the eared seals, having two tusks projecting from the upper jaw, a thick mustache, a very thick hide, and a heavy layer of blubber 0
  • adjective walrus of, characteristic of, or suggestive of a walrus; specif., designating a mustache with long, drooping ends 0

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Origin of walrus

First appearance:

before 1645
One of the 44% oldest English words
1645-55; < Dutch: literally, whale horse; cognate with German Walross, Danish hvalros; compare Old English horshwæl horse-whale

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Parts of speech for Walrus


walrus popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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