Origin of dugongModern Latin from Malay duyong
any of a genus (Dugong) of large tropical sirenian mammals that live along the shores of the Indian Ocean and feed mostly on seaweed
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.
- Turtle and dugong are caught.
- The sea produces three different seals, which often ascend rivers from the coast, and can live in lagoons of fresh water; many cetaceans, besides the " right whale " and sperm whale; and the dugong, found on the northern shores, which yields a valuable medicinal oil.
- Of the marine orders of Sirenia and Cetacea the Dugong, Halicore, is exclusively found in the Indian Ocean; and a dolphin, Platanista, peculiar to the Ganges, ascends that river to a great distance from the sea.
- The dugong, which formerly frequented the waters of the islands, does so no longer.
- The dugong (Halicore) is distributed in different colonies, at present isolated, throughout the Indian Ocean from Arabia to North Australia; while the Rhytina or northern sea-cow was, for some time before its extinction, limited to a single island in the extreme north of the Pacific Ocean.