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sea cow

noun
1.
any sirenian, as the manatee or dugong.
2.
Obsolete. the hippopotamus.
Origin of sea cow
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • Kotick followed, and the pace astonished him, for he never dreamed that sea cow was anything of a swimmer.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • But the sea cows did not answer because sea cow cannot talk.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • The sea cow is an aquatic vegetarian who lives on the coast.

  • He is like the sea cow; you must beat him if you wish to drive him away.

    The Sea Jules Michelet
  • Tom grinned and refrained from explaining to Chow that a real "sea cow" was a walrus.

  • In fact you would not be surprised to meet a merman digging among the potatoes, or a mermaid milking a sea cow hard by.

    Urban Sketches Bret Harte
  • The sea cow dived, and this produced the desired result, for the rope slipped off its flipper, and it was free.

  • He has the big snake and they are both being chased by the sea cow!

British Dictionary definitions for sea cow

sea cow

noun
1.
any sirenian mammal, such as a dugong or manatee
2.
an archaic name for walrus
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Slang definitions & phrases for sea cow

sea cow

noun phrase

Milk, esp canned milk (WWII Navy)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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