Definition of phoca in English:

phoca

noun

Zoology
  • Originally: a seal. Later: any of several seals of the genus Phoca (family Phocidae), which includes the common or harbour seal. Now only (in form Phoca): the genus itself.

Origin

Late 16th century. From classical Latin phōca seal from ancient Greek ϕώκη, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

phoca

/ˈfəʊkə/