Definition of dugong in English:

dugong

Line breaks: du¦gong
Pronunciation: /ˈduːɡɒŋ
 
, ˈdjuː-/

noun (plural same or dugongs)

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
More 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.

Definition of dugong in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day vituperate
Pronunciation: vəˈt(y)o͞opəˌrāt
verb
blame or insult (someone) in strong language...