Definition of phocine in English:

phocine

Syllabification: pho·cine
Pronunciation: /ˈfōsīn, ˈfōsin
 
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adjective

Zoology
Of, relating to, or affecting the true (earless) seals.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Phocinae (subfamily name), from Greek phōkē 'seal'.

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