[ sahy-ree-nee-uh n ]
/ saɪˈri ni ən /


an aquatic, herbivorous mammal of the order Sirenia, including the manatee and dugong.

Nearby words

  1. sirdar,
  2. sire,
  3. siree,
  4. siren,
  5. sirena,
  6. sirenic,
  7. sirenomelia,
  8. sirens,
  9. sirenum,
  10. siret

Origin of sirenian

1880–85; < New Latin Sireni(a) (see siren, -ia) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sirenian

  • Why was it so difficult to abandon the Sirenian creakings of this chair?

    Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
  • Theirs should be sirenian moons and dawns, and life would be this dream's perfect fulfilment.

    Guy and Pauline|Compton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for sirenian


/ (saɪˈriːnɪən) /


of, relating to, or belonging to the Sirenia, an order of aquatic herbivorous placental mammals having forelimbs modified as paddles, no hind limbs, and a horizontally flattened tail: contains only the dugong and manatees


any animal belonging to the order Sirenia; a sea cow
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