[doo-gong, -gawng]
an herbivorous, aquatic mammal, Dugong dugon, of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, having a barrel-shaped body, flipperlike forelimbs, no hind limbs, and a triangular tail: widespread but rare.

1790–1800; < Neo-Latin < German: first recorded as dugung, apparently misrepresentation of Malay duyung, or a cognate Austronesian word

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dugong (ˈduːɡɒŋ)
a whalelike sirenian mammal, Dugong dugon, occurring in shallow tropical waters from E Africa to Australia: family Dugongidae
[C19: from Malay duyong]

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1800, from Malay duyung, which is dugung in the Philippines.
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