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sirenian

[sahy-ree-nee-uh n]
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noun
  1. an aquatic, herbivorous mammal of the order Sirenia, including the manatee and dugong.
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Origin of sirenian

1880–85; < New Latin Sireni(a) (see siren, -ia) + -an
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Historical Examples

  • 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

sirenian

adjective
  1. 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
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noun
  1. any animal belonging to the order Sirenia; a sea cow
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