Steller's sea cow


: an extinct very large sirenian (Hydrodamalis gigas) formerly common near the Asian coast of the Bering Sea

Examples of Steller's sea cow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This family also included the dugong's closest-modern relative, the Steller's sea cow, which was rapidly hunted to extinction by the mid-18th century. Wyatte Grantham-Philips, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2022 Overharvesting has disrupted food chains and directly pushed many ocean species into the critically endangered category—and has driven some animals, including Steller's sea cow, into total extinction. David Shiffman, Scientific American, 13 July 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Steller's sea cow was in 1814

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“Steller's sea cow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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