Definition of dugong in English:

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dugong

Pronunciation: /ˈduːɡɒŋ/
/ˈdjuːɡɒŋ/

noun (plural same or dugongs)

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A sea cow found on the coasts of the Indian Ocean from eastern Africa to northern Australia. It is distinguished from the manatees by its forked tail.
  • Dugong dugon, family Dugongidae
Example sentences
  • Genetic evidence suggests that the elephant's closest relatives in evolutionary terms are manatees and dugongs, herbivorous sea cows that live full-time in the water.
  • Dugongs and manatees make up the order Sirenia, so-named because dugongs and manatees are thought to have given rise to the myth of the mermaids or sirens of the sea.
  • A modern analog for this is the dugong from the Pacific Ocean.

Origin

Early 19th century: based on Malay duyong.

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