dugong

Definitions

  • Dugong
    Dugong
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dugong sirenian tusked mammal found from eastern Africa to Australia; the flat tail is bilobate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dugong dụ*gŏg" (Zoöl) An aquatic herbivorous mammal (Halicore dugong), of the order Sirenia, allied to the manatee, but with a bilobed tail. It inhabits the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, East Indies, and Australia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dugong A large aquatic herbivorous mammal of the order Sirenia, Halicore dugong, of the Indian seas. In general configuration it resembles a cetacean, having a tapering fish-like body ending in flukes like a whale's, with two fore flippers and no hind limbs. It is known to attain a length of 7 or 8 feet, and is said to he sometimes much longer. The flesh is edible, and not unlike beef. Other products of the dugong are leather, ivory, and oil. The dugong and the manatee, of the old and new world respectively, are the best-known sirenians, and leading living representatives of the order Sirenia (which see). They may have contributed to the myth of the mermaid. See Halicore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dugong dū-gong′ a kind of herb-eating whale, from 8 to 20 feet long, found in Indian seas—the supposed original of the mermaid.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Malayan dūyōng, or Javan. duyung,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Malayan dūyong.

Usage

In literature:

It was a gigantic dugong!
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
But, you will ask, what did I want with dugong, when I had so much other food at hand?
"The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont as told by Himself" by Louis de Rougemont
No one regards the external similarity of a mouse to a shrew, of a dugong to a whale, of a whale to a fish, as of any importance.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
Doubtless, the dugong, attacked by some powerful animal, after having released the dog, was fighting on its own account.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
No one regards the external similarity of a mouse to a shrew, of a dugong to a whale, of a whale to a fish, as of any importance.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
The whole tribe of paddle-steamers, such as seals and walruses and dugongs, are only coasters.
"Concerning Animals and Other Matters" by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
Several grampuses were seen at the anchorage, also many dugongs and turtles.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 2" by John Lort Stokes
THE CRY OF THE DUGONG.
"The Castaways" by Captain Mayne Reid
However, the look of the dugong is not attractive.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Was it he who threw Top out of the lake, and killed the dugong?
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
Dugong, affinities of, 414.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
We'll soon sling one or t'other for this here Lieutenant Dugong, and depend on't he'll have no cause to complain.
"Washed Ashore" by W.H.G. Kingston
The dugong is a sea mammal found on the north coast of Australia.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
At the present day the rite is understood to increase the supply of dugongs or other articles of food.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
The dugong fishery is carried on, and the oil is extracted.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
The oil obtained from the Dugong is, or rather was, very valuable.
"Two Years Among the Savages of New Guinea." by W. D. Pitcairn
They regard the tears of the ikan dugong (dugong fish) as a powerful love-charm.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
DUGONG, tusks of, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
In the manatee it is rounded, in the dugong forked like that of a whale, in the rytina crescent-shaped.
"Sea Monsters Unmasked and Sea Fables Explained" by Henry Lee
Beneath the thick skin, which is sparsely provided with stout hairs in the Dugong, is a layer of blubber.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In news:

Dugongs , a sea mammal related to the manatee, are rare in captivity.
The aquarium gift shop sells stuffed dugongs and dugong cookies.
A Hello, Kitty children's ride next to a ride depicting a dugong at the Toba Aquarium in Toba, Japan.
Dugongs , a sea mammal related to the manatee, are rare in captivity but Toba has a real one on display named Serena.
Manatee-like dugong, beetles have friends.
A Picofilms, Dugong production, in association with Rai 3.
Never mind the panda, check out that dugong.
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