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dugong

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noun du·gong \ˈdü-ˌgäŋ, -ˌgȯŋ\

Definition of dugong

  1. :  a sirenian mammal (Dugong dugon of the family Dugongidae) of a monotypic genus that has a bilobed tail and in the male upper incisors altered into short tusks and that inhabits warm coastal waters chiefly of southern Asia, Australia, and northeastern Africa



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Origin of dugong

New Latin, genus name, probably from dugung in Cebuano or a related Austronesian language of the central Philippines


First Known Use: 1800

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