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, possibly from Malay duyong.
- A plant-eating aquatic marine mammal, of the genus Dugong, found in tropical regions. Dugong dugon.