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sea cow

any sirenian, as the manatee or dugong.
Obsolete. the hippopotamus.
Origin of sea cow
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the sea cows did not answer because sea cow cannot talk.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • He is like the sea cow; you must beat him if you wish to drive him away.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • He has the big snake and they are both being chased by the sea cow!

  • The sea cow is an aquatic vegetarian who lives on the coast.

  • Kotick followed, and the pace astonished him, for he never dreamed that sea cow was anything of a swimmer.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • In fact you would not be surprised to meet a merman digging among the potatoes, or a mermaid milking a sea cow hard by.

    Urban Sketches Bret Harte
  • Tom grinned and refrained from explaining to Chow that a real "sea cow" was a walrus.

  • The sea cow dived, and this produced the desired result, for the rope slipped off its flipper, and it was free.

British Dictionary definitions for sea cow

sea cow

any sirenian mammal, such as a dugong or manatee
an archaic name for walrus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for sea cow

sea cow

noun phrase

Milk, esp canned milk (WWII Navy)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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