sea cow

sea cow
manatee man`a*tee", n. [Sp. manat['i], from the native name in Haiti. Cf. {Lamantin}.] (Zo["o]l.) Any species of {Trichechus}, a genus of sirenians; -- called also {sea cow}. [Written also {manaty}, {manati}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: One species ({Trichechus Senegalensis}) inhabits the west coast of Africa; another ({Trichechus Americanus}) inhabits the east coast of South America, and the West-Indies. The Florida manatee ({Trichechus latirostris}) is by some considered a distinct species, by others it is thought to be a variety of {Trichechus Americanus}. It sometimes becomes fifteen feet or more in length, and lives both in fresh and salt water. It was hunted for its oil and flesh, and every species is now an endangered species. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sea cow — (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The mantee. (b) The dugong. (c) The walrus. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea cow — n. any of an order (Sirenia) of large, vegetarian sea mammals with a cigar shaped body, a blunt snout, large, mobile lips, flipperlike forelimbs, and a tail fluke, consisting of the dugong and manatee …   English World dictionary

  • sea cow — sea′ cow n. mam the manatee or dugong • Etymology: 1605–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • sea cow — ► NOUN ▪ a sirenian, especially a manatee …   English terms dictionary

  • sea cow — 1. any sirenian, as the manatee or dugong. 2. Obs. the hippopotamus. [1605 15] * * * or Steller s sea cow Extinct aquatic mammal (Hydrodamalis gigas) that lived around islands in the Bering Sea. It was discovered in 1741 and described by a member …   Universalium

  • sea cow — noun any of two families of large herbivorous aquatic mammals with paddle shaped tails and flipper like forelimbs and no hind limbs • Syn: ↑sirenian mammal, ↑sirenian • Hypernyms: ↑aquatic mammal • Hyponyms: ↑manatee, ↑Trichechus manatus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea cow — diugonis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Dugong dugon angl. dugong; sea cow vok. Dugong rus. дюгонь; обыкновенный дюгонь pranc. dugon; dugong ryšiai: platesnis terminas – diugoniai …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • sea cow — type of large sea mammal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sea-cow — n. 1. Walrus, morse, sea horse (Trichechus rosmarus). 2. Manatee, lamantine. 3. Dugong, halicore …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • sea cow — noun Date: 1613 dugong …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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