Definition of sirenian in English:


Syllabification: si·re·ni·an
Pronunciation: /sīˈrēnēən


  • A large aquatic plant-eating mammal of the order Sirenia, such as a manatee or dugong.
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    • The remaining sirenians, are seriously threatened by hunting, habitat degradation, and in the case of manatees, collisions with boats in the shallow coastal areas they prefer.
    • Modern sirenians are large, docile, aquatic herbivores.
    • To understand isotopic variation in Florida sirenians, we selected four teeth for serial sampling.


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  • Relating to or denoting sirenians.
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    • This may have supported a strong, fleshy lip with which Thalassocnus grazed seagrass or kelp, much like manatees and their sirenian relatives.
    • The hyrax - elephant - sirenian core is well-accepted on morphological grounds.
    • Corystosiren is a late-surviving dugong at a time when sirenian fossils are exceedingly rare in Florida.

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