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dugong

[doo-gong, -gawng] /ˈdu gɒŋ, -gɔŋ/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Neo-Latin < German: first recorded as dugung, apparently misrepresentation of Malay duyung, or a cognate Austronesian word
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  • The reef is home to tremendous coral diversity as well as numerous species of fish and marine mammals such as the dugong.
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dugong

/ˈduːɡɒŋ/
noun
1.
a whalelike sirenian mammal, Dugong dugon, occurring in shallow tropical waters from E Africa to Australia: family Dugongidae
Word Origin
C19: from Malay duyong
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Word Origin and History for dugong
n.

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

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