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manta (ˈmæntə ; Spanish ˈmanta) 

Definitions

noun

  1. Also called: : manta ray, devilfish, devil ray any large ray (fish) of the family Mobulidae, having very wide winglike pectoral fins and feeding on plankton
  2. a rough cotton cloth made in Spain and Spanish America
  3. a piece of this used as a blanket or shawl
  4. another word for mantelet (sense 2

Word Origin

Spanish: cloak, from Vulgar Latin; see mantle. The manta ray is so called because it is caught in a trap resembling a blanket

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