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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 and rivers in Florida, northern South America, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
[Spanish manatí, from Cariban manati·.]
(Animals) any sirenian mammal of the genus Trichechus, occurring in tropical coastal waters of America, the Caribbean, and Africa: family Trichechidae. They resemble whales and have a prehensile upper lip and a broad flattened tail
[C16: via Spanish from Carib Manattouī]
man•a•tee(ˈmæn əˌti, ˌmæn əˈti)
n., pl. -tees.
any plant-eating aquatic mammal of the genus Trichechus, of Caribbean and W Africa waters, having front flippers and a broad spoon-shaped tail.
[1545–55; < Sp manatí < Carib; associated with Latin manātus having hands]
Any of various plant-eating water mammals living in rivers and bays along the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Manatees avoid contact with humans, have flippers shaped like paddles, and are more closely related to elephants than they are to dolphins or whales.
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|Noun||1.||manatee - sirenian mammal of tropical coastal waters of America; the flat tail is rounded|
sea cow, sirenian, sirenian mammal - any of two families of large herbivorous aquatic mammals with paddle-shaped tails and flipper-like forelimbs and no hind limbs