American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various herbivorous aquatic mammals of the genus Trichechus, having paddlelike front flippers and a horizontally flattened tail and found in warm coastal waters of Florida, northern South America, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sea-cow; a gregarious herbivorous aquatic sirenian mammal, of the genus Manatus, family Manatidœ, and order Sirenia. The American manatee, to which the name was originally given, and to which it specially pertains, is Manatus americanus, australis, or latirostris, whether of one of two species. The manatee inhabits the shallow waters of rivers and estuaries on the eastern coast of tropical and subtropical America, from Florida and some of the West India islands to about lat. 20° S. It is a sluggish, timid, and in-offensive animal, found in small herds, feeding on aquatic vegetation, and attaining sometimes a length of 8 or 10 feet. In general aspect the manatee resembles a small whale or other cetacean, but it belongs to a different order, though it was formerly considered a herbivorous cetacean. The body is naked and stout, shaped like that of a fish, without trace of hind limbs, ending in an expansive shovel-or spoon-shaped tail; the fore limbs are flippers or paddles without outward distinction of digits, but with flattened nails; the eyes and ears are small; and the whole physiognomy is peculiar, owing to the tumidity and great mobility of the muzzle. There is an entirely distinct species, Manatus senegalensis, found on the western coast of Africa, to which the name extends.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any species of Trichechus, a genus of sirenians; -- called also
- n. sirenian mammal of tropical coastal waters of America; the flat tail is rounded
- From Spanish manatí, from a Cariban language. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish manatí, from Cariban manati·. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Whiskers the manatee is an ambassador for his imperiled species.”
“Needless to say, Debbie, the manatee is better looking & less obese than you.”
“This belief in mermen, possible originating with the caricatures of the human face in the intelligent seal and stupid manatee, is universal.”
“Granted, there are sirenian workers who have, indeed, suggested that Atlantic rifting might explain manatee distribution … but, those workers were publishing their papers in the early years of the 20th century (Arldt 1907)!”
“On this coast there was also a particular kind of fish called manatee, which is most excellent eating, and the flesh is more like beef than fish; the scales are as large as a shilling, and the skin thicker than I ever saw that of any other fish.”
“On this coast there was also a particular kind of fifth called manatee, which is most excellent eating, and the flesh is more like beef than fish; the scales are as large as a shilling, and the skin thicker than I ever saw that of any other fish.”
“The manatee has been the subject of just 14, and academic neglect may be a vital factor in its currently parlous position.”
“OF FISH & WILDLIFE: Exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees for long periods of time can lead to a condition called manatee cold stress syndrome, that can eventually lead to death.”
“Exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees for long periods of time can lead to a condition called manatee cold stress syndrome.”
“The dugong and the manatee are the descendants of vegetarian hoofed animals; seals, sea-lions and walruses are the descendants of carnivorous animals; beavers are the cousins of purely terrestrial rodents.”
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