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1. A rough-textured cotton fabric or blanket made and used in Spanish America and the southwest United States.
2. A very large ray (Manta birostris) inhabiting tropical and subtropical seas, having a whiplike tail and two hornlike fins that project forward from the head, and feeding on plankton. Also called devil ray, manta ray.

[Spanish, blanket, manta (from its blanketlike shape), alteration of manto, cloak, perhaps from Latin mantellum, mantēlum.]


(ˈmæntə; Spanish ˈmanta)
1. (Animals) Also called: manta ray, devilfish or devil ray any large ray (fish) of the family Mobulidae, having very wide winglike pectoral fins and feeding on plankton
2. (Textiles) a rough cotton cloth made in Spain and Spanish America
3. (Clothing & Fashion) a piece of this used as a blanket or shawl
4. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) another word for mantelet2
[Spanish: cloak, from Vulgar Latin; see mantle. The manta ray is so called because it is caught in a trap resembling a blanket]


(ˈmæn tə, ˈmɑn-)

n., pl. -tas.
1. (in Spain and Spanish America) a cloak or wrap.
2. Also called man′ta ray`, devilfish. any warm-water ray of the family Mobulidae, esp. of the genus Manta, measuring up to 24 ft. (7.3 m) across.
[1690–1700; < Sp: blanket]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.manta - a blanket that is used as a cloak or shawlmanta - a blanket that is used as a cloak or shawl
blanket, cover - bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
2.manta - extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishesmanta - extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
family Mobulidae, Mobulidae - large rays lacking venomous spines: mantas
Atlantic manta, Manta birostris - largest manta (to 22 feet across wings); found worldwide but common in Gulf of Mexico and along southern coasts of United States; primarily oceanic
devil ray, Mobula hypostoma - small manta (to 4 feet) that travels in schools

manta (ray)

nTeufelsrochen m, → Manta m


[ˈmæntə] n (also manta ray) → manta
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