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manta (ˈmæntə Pronunciation for manta ; Spanish ˈmanta) 



  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

Example Sentences Including 'manta'

At this time of year, snorkellers also may be lucky enough to encounter a majestic manta ray.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
If the police arrive, you just grab the four corners of the manta and make a run for it.
Tomas Graves TUNING UP AT DAWN: A Memoir of Music and Majorca (2004)
It was a good-sized manta , at least 12ft across its broad pectoral fins.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Processed by the collective mind of 10 hyped-up divers, this translated as: `We will definitely see manta rays.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
The suit claims that the "Mr. Ray" manta ray in Finding Nemo is causing confusion among his fans.
Ottawa Sun (2003)


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