Hydrodamalis

noun Hy·dro·dam·a·lis

Definition of Hydrodamalis

  1. :  a genus of aquatic mammals that includes only the Steller's sea cow and is now usually placed in the family Dugongidae but was formerly made type of a separate family

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Origin and Etymology of hydrodamalis

New Latin, from hydr- + Greek damalis heifer; akin to Greek damalēs young bull — more at dama


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