- of or relating to seals.
Origin of phocine
1840–50; < Latin phōc(a) seal (< Greek phṓkē) + -ine1
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- 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
C19: ultimately from Greek phōkē a seal
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