plural noun
Pho·​ci·​dae | \ -səˌdē \

Definition of Phocidae

: a family of mammals (suborder Pinnipedia) comprising the hair seals and lacking external ears

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Other Words from Phocidae

phociform \ -​səˌfȯrm \ adjective
phocoid \ ˈfōˌkȯid \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for Phocidae

New Latin, from Phoca, type genus + -idae

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“Phocidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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