American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A herbivorous marine mammal (Dugong dugon), native to tropical coastal waters of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and southwest Pacific Ocean and having flipperlike forelimbs and a deeply notched tail fin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large aquatic herbivorous mammal of the order Sirenia, Halicore dugong, of the Indian seas. In general configuration it resembles a cetacean, having a tapering fish-like body ending in flukes like a whale's, with two fore flippers and no hind limbs. It is known to attain a length of 7 or 8 feet, and is said to he sometimes much longer. The flesh is edible, and not unlike beef. Other products of the dugong are leather, ivory, and oil. The dugong and the manatee, of the old and new world respectively, are the best-known sirenians, and leading living representatives of the order Sirenia (which see). They may have contributed to the myth of the mermaid. See
- n. A plant-eating aquatic marine mammal, of the genus Dugong, found in tropical regions. Dugong dugon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An aquatic herbivorous mammal (Halicore dugong), of the order Sirenia, allied to the manatee, but with a bilobed tail. It inhabits the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, East Indies, and Australia.
- n. sirenian tusked mammal found from eastern Africa to Australia; the flat tail is bilobate
- From Tagalog dugong, from Malay duyung. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Dugong, genus name, possibly from Malay duyong. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I know that on the eastern coast of Africa is found a smaller species of walrus called the dugong: it has long incisor teeth, but not tusks; and certainly resembles a seal rather than a walrus.’”
“Blacks harpoon dugong as they do turtle, but the sport demands greater patience and dexterity, for the dugong is a wary animal and shy, to be approached only with the exercise of artful caution.”
“Half hippopotamus, half seal, yet in no way related to either, something between a pachyderm and cetacean, the dugong is a herbivorous marine mammal, commonly known as “the sea cow,” because of its resemblance in some particulars to that useful domesticated animal.”
“The dugong is a shy aquatic mammal sometimes known as the "elephant of the sea".”
“The dugong is a sea mammal found on the north coast of Australia.”
“Half hippopotamus, half seal, yet in no way related to either, something between a pachyderm and cetacean, the dugong is a herbivorous marine mammal, commonly known as "the sea cow," because of its resemblance in some particulars to that useful domesticated animal.”
“The resemblance, in the shape of the body and in the fin-like anterior limbs, between the dugong, which is a pachydermatous animal, and the whale, and between both these mammals and fishes, is analogical.”
“He said this in a despairing tone, for the dugong, which is the”
“I may as well say that the dugong is a large fish found in these waters, from ten to twelve feet in length, of the whale species.”
“The human consumption of marine mammals poses a real and little-studied threat to animals like the dugong, which is similar to a manatee, and the Atlantic humpback dolphin, whose populations have been diminished in large stretches of their range because of a demand for their meat.”
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