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sea dog. A very experienced sailor.reference 1

Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island opens with the chapter “The Old Sea-Dog at the Admiral Benbow” and provides a lengthy description of the main character, Long John Silver, who was indeed an experienced sailor, though hardly a model citizen.reference 2

1. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth. 2000. Accessed from http://www.bartleby.com/.

2. Stevenson, Robert Louis. 1885. Treasure Island. Illustrated ed. New York: Cassell. 1.

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sea dog. In general, a sea mammal of any kind, more specifically, the common seal.reference 3

3. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth.

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About the illustrations: Figure 1 shows Long John Silver in an illustration by Georges Roux from Treasure Island.reference 4

Figure 2 is a common seal. You can see that with only its head showing above the water, the seal has a very dog-like look. © 2008 Jupiterimages Corporation.

4. Stevenson, Robert Louis.

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