American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Zoology Of, relating to, or resembling seals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Seal-like; of or pertaining to the Phocidæ at large.
- Belonging to the restricted subfamily Phocinæ: distinguished from otarine.
- n. Any member of the Phocinæ; a phocacean.
- n. zoology A member of the subfamily Phocinae, comprising the "true" or "earless" seals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the seal tribe; phocal.
- adj. of or relating to seals
- From Scientific Latin Phoca (genus name) (Classical Latin phōca ("seal"), from Ancient Greek ϕώκη) + -ine. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin phōca, seal, from Greek phōkē. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The enigma of the landlocked Baikal and Caspian seals addressed through phylogeny of phocine mitochondrial sequences.”
“Diverse phocine seals – some apparently resembling the extant Pusa** seals – are known to have inhabited Paratethys during the Miocene (Paratethys was a brackish inland sea that covered much of south-east Europe and south-west Asia during the Miocene) and, according to the Paratethyan hypothesis, it is phocines from this region that managed to invade the Caspian Sea, later getting as far east as Lake Baikal.”
“During the Pliocene, Paratethys was linked to the Arctic Ocean via a seaway just west of the Urals, apparently, and accordingly it has been proposed that the Ringed seal of the Arctic Ocean descends from a phocine that migrated north from the Paratethys (Ray 1976, Grigorescu 1977) [adjacent image shows a Ringed seal].”
“When the mutual inspection, friendly glances, and exchange of civilities between the phocine and human tribes began to pall I told Nuredien to go full speed ahead to our usual spot.”
“There's phocine distemper that in Europe has wiped out a huge number of harbour seals," he said.”
“MeV, AF266288; phocine distemper virus (PDV), NC_006383; rinderpest virus (RPV), NC_006296; peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV), NC_006383; dolphin morbillivirus (DMV), NC_005283; other paramyxovirus: Atlantic salmon paramyxovirus (ASPV), EF646380; Beilong virus (BeV),”
“1921-1964 OsW Marine beasties supply ten animalines: cyprine carp 1828 O octopine octopus 1914 delphine dolphin 1828 OsW OW ostracine oyster 1890 delphinine dolphin O OW homarine lobster 1880 phocaenine porpoise OW 1890 OW manatine manatee OW phocine seal 1846 OW megapterine hump - back whale W Finally, beasts of the mind occupy the last three places in my extended corpus: basilicine basilisk 1855 sphinxine sphinx 1845”
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