Phocine vs Phocal - What's the difference?

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In zoology|lang=en terms the difference between phocine and phocal

is that phocine is (zoology) a member of the subfamily phocinae, comprising the "true" or "earless" seals while phocal is (zoology) pertaining to seals; phocine.

As adjectives the difference between phocine and phocal

is that phocine is pertaining to a seal (or other members of the subfamily phocinae; seallike while phocal is (zoology) pertaining to seals; phocine.

As a noun phocine

is (zoology) a member of the subfamily phocinae, comprising the "true" or "earless" seals.

phocine

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Pertaining to a seal (or other members of the subfamily Phocinae; seallike.
  • *1871 , New York Daily Standard , 28 Dec 1871:
  • *:He telegraphed to the whaling ports of New England, and sent messages to San Francisco and Alaska, to know if a group of sea lions and other specimens of the phocine tribe could be secured.
  • *1955 , (Vladimir Nabokov), Lolita :
  • *:she had already yanked out of me the coveted section and retreated to her mat near her phocine mamma.
  • *1987 , , The New Confessions :
  • *:She walked over towards me with an odd elegance, big strides, like a champion girl swimmer, say; muscled but lean, with a phocine grace.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (zoology) A member of the subfamily Phocinae, comprising the "true" or "earless" seals.
  • *2007 , Brian Keith Hall, Fins into Limbs , p. 313:
  • *:Phocines anchor their hands by flexing their fingers, digging them into the substrate, and then pulling their body forward by elbow and shoulder flexion.
  • Anagrams

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    phocal

    English

    Adjective

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  • (zoology) Pertaining to seals; phocine.
  • (Webster 1913)