any of a genus (Dugong) of large tropical sirenian mammals that live along the shores of the Indian Ocean and feed mostly on seaweed
Origin of dugongModern Latin from Malay duyong
A herbivorous marine mammal (Dugong dugon), native to tropical coastal waters of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and southwest Pacific Ocean and having flipperlike forelimbs and a notched tail.
Origin of dugongNew Latin Dugong genus name ultimately ( partly via French dugon ) from dugung recorded as a local word for the dugong on the Moluccan island of Leti by Ernst Christoph Barchewitz (1687-1758), German travel writer and administrator for the Dutch East Indies Company perhaps a misreading (with g for y ) of duyung representing a local pronunciation of standard Malay duyong Tagalog duyong dugong and Malagasy trozona whale all from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian duyuŋ dugong
- A plant-eating aquatic marine mammal, of the genus Dugong, found in tropical regions. Dugong dugon.