sirenian
noun Etymology: New Latin Sirenia, from Latin siren Date: 1883 any of an order (Sirenia) of aquatic herbivorous mammals (as a manatee, dugong, or Steller's sea cow) that have large forelimbs resembling paddles, no hind limbs, and a flattened tail resembling a fin • sirenian adjective

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  • sirenian — SIRENIÁN, sirenieni, s.m. (La pl.) Ordin de mamifere acvatice cu corpul în formă de torpilă, cu coada dispusă în plan orizontal şi cu membrele anterioare transformate în lopeţi înotătoare (Sirenia); (şi la sg.) animal care face parte din acest… …   Dicționar Român

  • Sirenian — Si*re ni*an, n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of Sirenia. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sirenian — [sī rē′nē ən] n. [< ModL Sirenia < L Siren (see SIREN) + AN] SEA COW …   English World dictionary

  • sirenian — /suy ree nee euhn/, n. an aquatic, herbivorous mammal of the order Sirenia, including the manatee and dugong. [1880 85; < NL Sireni(a) (see SIREN, IA) + AN] * * * ▪ mammal Introduction  any of four large aquatic mammalian species now living… …   Universalium

  • sirenian — adj. & n. adj. of the order Sirenia of large aquatic plant eating mammals, e.g. the manatee and dugong. n. any mammal of this order. Etymology: mod.L Sirenia (as SIREN) * * * noun any of two families of large herbivorous aquatic mammals with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sirenian — noun Any of a group of aquatic, herbivorous mammals, of the order Sirenia, including the manatees and dugong …   Wiktionary

  • sirenian — si·re·ni·an …   English syllables

  • sirenian — si•re•ni•an [[t]saɪˈri ni ən[/t]] n. mam an aquatic, herbivorous mammal of the order Sirenia, including the manatee and dugong • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • sirenian — /saɪˈriniən/ (say suy reeneeuhn) noun any of the Sirenia, an order of aquatic herbivorous mammals that includes the manatee and dugong. {New Latin Sīrēnia (from Latin sīrēn siren) + an} …   Australian English dictionary

  • sirenian —   a.,n. Zoology, (animal) belonging to an order of aquatic mammals including the manatee and dugong …   Dictionary of difficult words

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