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phocine

[foh-sahyn, -sin] /ˈfoʊ saɪn, -sɪn/
adjective, Zoology
1.
of or pertaining to seals.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Latin phōc(a) seal (< Greek phṓkē) + -ine1
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  • Modelling the spread of phocine distemper virus among harbour seals.
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phocine

/ˈfəʊsaɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling a seal
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Phocinae, a subfamily that includes the harbour seal and grey seal
Word Origin
C19: ultimately from Greek phōkē a seal
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