Definition of phocine in English:
Of, relating to, or affecting the true (earless) seals.
- Empirical study of behavior can help prevent disease in species of conservation concern like phocine distemper in grey seals.
- The manager of the Orkney Seal Rescue Centre is playing down the significance of the first confirmed case of phocine distemper virus in Scotland, in a common seal washed ashore at Dornoch last month.
- The latest outbreak of phocine distemper virus has already killed more than 1,500 seals in other parts of Britain.
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Phocinae (subfamily name), from Greek phōkē 'seal'.
Definition of phocine in:
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