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sea cow

  1. any sirenian, as the manatee or dugong.
  2. Obsolete. the hippopotamus.
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Origin of sea cow

First recorded in 1605–15
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Historical Examples of sea cow

  • The way it held the sea-cow gave us a notion of its immense strength.

    On the Banks of the Amazon

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Squier and Davis, who first figured it, supposed it to represent a manatee, or sea-cow.

  • I wonder if Bob has any idea of the size of a manatee or sea-cow?

  • It was named from the sea-cow, which was found there, and used as an article of food.

  • The sea-cow is one of these animals; the last specimens of which were seen in 1767 and 1768.

British Dictionary definitions for sea cow

sea cow

  1. any sirenian mammal, such as a dugong or manatee
  2. an archaic name for walrus
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