- 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
Examples from the Web for dugong
Historical Examples of dugong
Paddy gave a shout of delight when he heard that he was appointed to the Dugong.The Three Midshipmen
He knew they were amphibious, and that, where the dugong was found, land could not be a long way off.The Castaways
Captain Mayne Reid
Was it he who threw Top out of the lake, and killed the dugong?The Secret of the Island
W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
It seemed a wonder that the Dugong could stand so much battering.In the Eastern Seas
“A dugong,” said Briscoe, cocking and raising his double rifle.Old Gold
George Manville Fenn
- a whalelike sirenian mammal, Dugong dugon, occurring in shallow tropical waters from E Africa to Australia: family Dugongidae
Word Origin for dugong
1800, from Malay duyung, which is dugung in the Philippines.