From Middle Dutch seehont, equivalent to zee ‎(sea) +‎ hond ‎(hound, dog).

Middle Dutch seehont, however, is possibly an alteration (due to folk etymology: compare Latin canis marinus, English sea-dog) of Middle Dutch seelhont ‎(literally seal-hound, seal-dog), from seel, sael, zēle ‎(seal) + hont. Compare Low German Saalhund ‎(seal).

Middle Dutch seel, sael, zēle is ultimately from Proto-Germanic *selhaz, and therefore cognate with North Frisian selich, Old High German selah, Danish sæl. More at seal.


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  • (Netherlands) IPA(key): /ˈzeɪ̯ɦɔnt/
  • (Belgium) IPA(key): /ˈzeːɦɔnt/
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  • Hyphenation: zee‧hond


zeehond m ‎(plural zeehonden, diminutive zeehondje n)

  1. A seal, a marine fish-eating mammal (pinniped)

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