Zool. of or relating to the seals
Origin of phocine; from 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 ph&omacron;ca, seal, from Greek ph&omacron;k&emacron;.
(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.