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sirenian

[sahy-ree-nee-uh n] /saɪˈri ni ən/
noun
1.
an aquatic, herbivorous mammal of the order Sirenia, including the manatee and dugong.
Origin of sirenian
1880-1885
1880-85; < New Latin Sireni(a) (see siren, -ia) + -an
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  • Why was it so difficult to abandon the sirenian creakings of this chair?

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • Theirs should be sirenian moons and dawns, and life would be this dream's perfect fulfilment.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for sirenian

sirenian

/saɪˈriːnɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Sirenia, an order of aquatic herbivorous placental mammals having forelimbs modified as paddles, no hind limbs, and a horizontally flattened tail: contains only the dugong and manatees
noun
2.
any animal belonging to the order Sirenia; a sea cow
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