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Dugong dugon

du·gong

 (do͞o′gŏng′, -gông′)
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 notched tail.

[New Latin Dugong, genus name, ultimately (partly via French dugon) from dugung, recorded as a local word for the dugong on the Moluccan island of Leti by Ernst Christoph Barchewitz (1687-1758), German travel writer and administrator for the Dutch East Indies Company, perhaps a misreading (with g for y) of *duyung, representing a local pronunciation of standard Malay duyong; akin to Tagalog duyong, dugong, and Malagasy trozona, whale, all from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *duyuŋ, dugong.]

dugong

(ˈduːɡɒŋ)
n
(Animals) a whalelike sirenian mammal, Dugong dugon, occurring in shallow tropical waters from E Africa to Australia: family Dugongidae
[C19: from Malay duyong]

du•gong

(ˈdu gɒŋ, -gɔŋ)

n.
a plant-eating aquatic mammal, Dugong dugon, of Indian Ocean shores, having front flippers and a tail fin.
[1790–1800; < New Latin < German]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dugong - sirenian tusked mammal found from eastern Africa to Australiadugong - sirenian tusked mammal found from eastern Africa to Australia; the flat tail is bilobate
sea cow, sirenian, sirenian mammal - any of two families of large herbivorous aquatic mammals with paddle-shaped tails and flipper-like forelimbs and no hind limbs
genus Dugong - type genus of the Dugongidae comprising only the dugongs
Translations
DugongMeerkuh
dugongo
dugondugongvache marine
듀공
doejongIndische zeekoe
dugong