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manatee

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noun man·a·tee \ˈma-nə-ˌtē\

Simple Definition of manatee

  • : a large animal that lives in warm waters and eats plants

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of manatee

  1. :  any of a genus (Trichechus of the family Trichechidae) of chiefly tropical aquatic sirenian mammals that differ from the related dugong especially in having the tail rounded

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Origin and Etymology of manatee

Spanish manatí, probably of Carib origin; akin to Antillean Carib manattoüi manatee


First Known Use: 1555


MANATEE Defined for Kids

manatee

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noun man·a·tee \ˈma-nə-ˌtē\

Definition of manatee for Students

  1. :  a mainly tropical water-dwelling mammal that eats plants and has a broad rounded tail




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