Definition of dugong in English:

Share this entry

dugong

Pronunciation: /ˈduːɡɒŋ/
Pronunciation: /ˈdjuːɡɒŋ/

noun (plural same or dugongs)

Image of dugong
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.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: du¦gong

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.