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phocine

[ foh-sahyn, -sin ]
/ ˈfoʊ saɪn, -sɪn /
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adjective Zoology.
of or relating to seals.
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Origin of phocine

1840–50; <Latin phōc(a) seal (<Greek phṓkē) + -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for phocine

phocine
/ (ˈfəʊsaɪn) /

adjective
of, relating to, or resembling a seal
of, relating to, or belonging to the Phocinae, a subfamily that includes the harbour seal and grey seal

Word Origin for phocine

C19: ultimately from Greek phōkē a seal
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