sea cow


Examples of sea cow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enter Email Sign Up While these oddly graceful animals are closely related to elephants, manatees are often nicknamed sea cows and are known for a diet of seagrasses and marine plants. Alexa Gagosz,, 11 Sep. 2023 One author especially noted the Steller’s sea cow, which was discovered in the 1700s only to go extinct within three decades of its discovery due to overhunting. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 3 Aug. 2023 While most Floridians already admire and respect the state’s beloved sea cow, there is a day dedicated to learning about and appreciatingthe gentle giants of our waterways. Patrick Connolly,, 7 Sep. 2020 Lil Joe looked more like a sad otter than a cuddly sea cow. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Feb. 2023 So this peaceful sea cow is actually the result of a dying, exploded cannibal star. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2013 Take a ride on a dhow, a traditional African fishing boat, or ask your lodge to take you dugong (a rare sea cow) spotting. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2022 This gentle sea cow and nearly 44 percent of abalone shellfish species have been elevated to this level. Monica Cull, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2022 Populations of the dugong, a plump, grey herbivorous mammal commonly known as the sea cow, have fallen to fewer than 250 adults in east Africa and fewer than 900 in the French territory of New Caledonia, the IUCN said. Reuters, CNN, 10 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea cow was in 1613

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“Sea cow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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