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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.]
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(Animals) a whalelike sirenian mammal, Dugong dugon, occurring in shallow tropical waters from E Africa to Australia: family Dugongidae
[C19: from Malay duyong]
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du•gong(ˈdu gɒŋ, -gɔŋ)
a plant-eating aquatic mammal, Dugong dugon, of Indian Ocean shores, having front flippers and a tail fin.
[1790–1800; < New Latin < German]
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|Noun||1.||dugong - 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
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