[doo-gong, -gawng] /ˈdu gɒŋ, -gɔŋ/

an herbivorous, aquatic mammal, Dugong dugon, of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, having a barrel-shaped body, flipperlike forelimbs, no hind limbs, and a triangular tail: widespread but rare.
a whalelike sirenian mammal, Dugong dugon, occurring in shallow tropical waters from E Africa to Australia: family Dugongidae

1800, from Malay duyung, which is dugung in the Philippines.


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