Definition of phocoid in English:

phocoid

adjective

Zoology
  • Resembling or of the nature of a seal; (specifically) belonging to the superfamily Phocoidea, originally comprising both the true seals (phocids) and eared seals (otariids) but now restricted to the former.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From scientific Latin Phoca, genus name + -oid, after scientific Latin Phocoidea, superfamily name.

Pronunciation

phocoid

/ˈfəʊkɔɪd/