Definition of Sirenia in English:

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Sirenia

Pronunciation: /sʌɪˈriːnɪə/

plural noun

Zoology
An order of large aquatic plant-eating mammals which includes the manatees and dugong. They live chiefly in tropical coastal waters and are distinguished by paddle-like forelimbs and a tail flipper replacing hindlimbs.
  • Order Sirenia: two families and four living species.
Example sentences
  • Belonging to the order Sirenia, dugongs are believed to have given rise to the mermaid myth.
  • Marine mammals are divided into three orders: Carnivora, Sirenia and Cetacea.
  • Dugongs belong to the mammalian order Sirenia and are popularly known as sea-cows.

Origin

Modern Latin (see siren).

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