Definition of Pinnipedia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpinəˈpēdēa/ /ˌpɪnəˈpidiæ/

plural noun

  • An order of carnivorous aquatic mammals that comprises the seals, sea lions, and walrus. They are distinguished by their flipper-like limbs.

    Order Pinnipedia: three families

    • ‘Some authorities, however, consider the pinnipeds to be monophyletic and basal to all living carnivores (feliform and caniform), and place it in a separate order, the Pinnipedia.’
    • ‘The seals (Pinnipedia) have three extant families: Odobenidae, Otariidae (fur seals), and Phocidae (including gray seal and harbor seal).’
    • ‘Within Pinnipedia, the closer affinity of Otariidae to either Phocidae or Obodenidae has long been debated.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Latin pinna ‘wing, fin’ + pes, ped- foot.



/ˌpinəˈpēdēa/ /ˌpɪnəˈpidiæ/