dugong

[ doo-gong, -gawng ]
/ ˈdu gɒŋ, -gɔŋ /
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noun

an herbivorous, aquatic mammal, Dugong dugon, of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, having a barrel-shaped body, flipperlike forelimbs, no hind limbs, and a triangular tail: widespread but rare.

Origin of dugong

1790–1800; < New Latin < German: first recorded as dugung, apparently misrepresentation of Malay duyung, or a cognate Austronesian word
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British Dictionary definitions for dugong

dugong

/ (ˈduːɡɒŋ) /

noun

a whalelike sirenian mammal, Dugong dugon, occurring in shallow tropical waters from E Africa to Australia: family Dugongidae

Word Origin for dugong

C19: from Malay duyong
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Word Origin and History for dugong

dugong


n.

1800, from Malay duyung, which is dugung in the Philippines.

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