American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See manta.
- n. Any of several very large pelagic rays of the genus Manta, with winglike pectoral fins, a long tail, and two fins resembling horns that project from the head.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An extremely large pelagic tropical ray of the family
Mobulidae, that feeds on plankton and small fishes. It is usually harmless but its size (up to 20 feet across and up to a ton in weight) make it dangerous if harpooned. Called also manta, sea deviland devilfish. See also cephaloptera and sea devil.
- n. extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned
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