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1. Of, relating to, or resembling seals.
2. Of, relating to, or belonging to the subfamily Phocinae, which includes the harbor seal and harp seal.

[From Latin phōca, seal, from Greek phōkē.]
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1. (Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a seal
2. (Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Phocinae, a subfamily that includes the harbour seal and grey seal
[C19: ultimately from Greek phōkē a seal]
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Adj.1.phocine - of or relating to seals
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