Zool. of or relating to the seals
Origin of phocinefrom Classical Latin phoca, a seal ( from Classical Greek ph?k?) + -ine
- Of, relating to, or resembling seals.
- Of, relating to, or belonging to the subfamily Phocinae, which includes the harbor seal and harp seal.
Origin of phocineFrom Latin phōca seal from Greek phōkē
(comparative more phocine, superlative most phocine)
- Pertaining to a seal (other members of the subfamily Phocinae; seallike. [from 19th c.]
- (zoology) A member of the subfamily Phocinae, comprising the "true" or "earless" seals.
From New Latin Phoca (genus name) (Classical Latin phÅca (“seal"), from Ancient Greek Ï•ÏŽÎºÎ· (Ï•ÅkÄ“)) +"Ž -ine.