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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rough-textured cotton fabric or blanket made and used in Spanish America and the southwest United States.
  • n. Any of several rays of the family Mobulidae, inhabiting tropical and subtropical seas and having a large flattened body, winglike pectoral fins, a whiplike tail, and two hornlike fins that project forward from the head. Also called devilfish, manta ray, sea devil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. manta ray.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The manta ray. See also cephaloptera and sea devil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coarse unbleached cotton fabric which forms the staple clothing of the common people of Mexico.
  • n. In mining, a blanket or sack of ore; a placer in situ.
  • n. The Spanish-American name of an enormous devil-fish or sea-devil, an eagleray of the family Ceratopteridæ
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of such rays. Manta birostris is a species of the warmer American waters. It is a synonym of Ceratoptera.
  • n. A wrap of black cloth, cashmere, or silk extensively worn by women on the west coast of South America, especially in the forenoons and to church and funerals. It is worn less now than formerly, when it was in general use on the streets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a blanket that is used as a cloak or shawl
  • n. extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned

Etymologies

Spanish, blanket, manta (from its blanketlike shape), alteration of manto, cloak, perhaps from Latin mantellum, mantēlum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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