zee (“sea”) + hond (“hound, dog”). Cognate to German Seehund. Possible from Proto-Germanic *selhaz, changed by folk etymology, therefore cognate to North Frisian selich, Middle Dutch seel, zēle, Old High German selah, Danish sæl.
- (Netherlands) IPA(key): /ˈzeɪɦɔnt/
- (Belgium) IPA(key): /ˈzeːɦɔnt/
- Hyphenation: zee‧hond
- A seal, a marine fish-eating mammal (pinniped)