• WordNet 3.6
    • n Phoca type genus of the Phocidae: earless seals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Phoca (Zoöl) A genus of seals. It includes the common harbor seal and allied species. See Seal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phoca A seal.
    • n phoca [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of Phocidæ or seals, formerly coextensive at least, with the family, now restricted to the section which is represented by the common harbor-seal, P. vitulina, and a few closely related species. See seal, and cut under harp-seal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phoca a seal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a seal, fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. phoca—Gr. phōkē, a seal.


In literature:

So, too, a peculiar rock at Aegina was accounted for by a long and circumstantial legend to the effect that Peleus threw it at Phocas.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
The discovery or the suspicion of a second conspiracy, dissolved the engagements, and rekindled the fury, of Phocas.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4" by Edward Gibbon
A mutiny broke out in the Roman army, headed by Phocas, a centurion.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
No one who believes in Evolution will doubt that the Phocae are descended from some terrestrial Carnivore.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
The trade of Phocae extended to the coasts of Italy and Gaul.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
There?there they are at it?Gad, the Phoca has the best of it!
"The Antiquary, Volume 2" by Sir Walter Scott
The Seal or Phoca are found here in great numbers, and as far up the Columbia as the great Falls, above which there are none.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
None of the animals of the Phoca genus are tenacious of life.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 26, September 24, 1870" by Various
Nicephorus Phocas defeats the Saracens and recovers the former provinces of the empire as far as the Euphrates.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
Revolt in Constantinople; Phocas is proclaimed emperor; flight of Maurice with his family; they are taken and put to death.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
His Attitude towards Phocas.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson
Beside the Pillar of Phocas are two large marble screens or parapets, with magnificent bas-reliefs sculptured on both sides.
"Roman Mosaics" by Hugh Macmillan
Some have taken a later decree by Emperor Phocas (A.D. 606) as a starting point.
"Our Day" by W. A. Spicer
Nicephorus Phocas, Emperor of the East (963-969), his work of restoration at Squillace, 71.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Phocas remained general in the East till 987, when he rebelled and was proclaimed emperor by his troops.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
At last, in 622, the emperor Heraclius (who had succeeded Phocas in 610) was able to take the field.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
It was a fine, large blue or bearded seal (Phoca barbata).
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Perhaps under Phocas better things might be hoped for.
"The Makers of Modern Rome" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant