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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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Meanwhile the UK seal population is under threat from the deadly phocine distemper virus (PDV), which killed 18,000seals in northern Europe in 1988.
The devastating disease, Phocine Distemper Virus, was discovered in May this year when the death rate among seals on the Danish breeding island Anholt soared.
Around 3,000 of the mammals are at risk from phocine distemper virus (PDV) which causes breathing difficulties and ultimately starvation.
The latest outbreak of phocine distemper virus (PDV) has already killed more than 1,500 seals in other parts of Britain.
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