manta

noun
man·ta | \ˈman-tə \

Definition of manta 

1 : a square piece of cloth or blanket used in southwestern U.S. and Latin America usually as a cloak or shawl

2 [ American Spanish, from Spanish; from its shape ] : manta ray

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Examples of manta in a Sentence

a manta glided along the sea bottom

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While population numbers for giant manta rays are hard to come by, a related species, the reef manta, which until a decade ago was seen as the same species, has decreased by 90 percent in the last decade. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Teeming Manta Ray Nursery Discovered in the Gulf of Mexico," 19 June 2018 Stewart, a graduate student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who has studied mantas around the world, had only seen one or two juveniles in his studies. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Teeming Manta Ray Nursery Discovered in the Gulf of Mexico," 19 June 2018 Now, researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a robot that mimics the manta. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "This robotic manta ray may speed underwater search and rescue," 8 Dec. 2017 Paradoxically, that vulnerability may also bring benefits, by intensifying pressure on regional and local governments to conserve mantas on their own. National Geographic, "Manta Rays Prefer Staycations Over Long Migrations," 20 June 2016 Freedivers learn to improve their diving technique while taking identification photos and helping record environmental information essential to manta ray conservation. Nora Walsh, New York Times, "Days With the Manta Rays: Where to Learn to Freedive," 29 June 2017 And one day a vision worthy of the series’ soulful glimpses of oceanic life materialized directly below me in the form of a giant manta ray. Sue Wunder, The Christian Science Monitor, "My debt to ‘Sea Hunt,’ and to my dad," 14 June 2017 Race your family on manta rays down these four fast flumes. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "The A to Zs (but mostly Ks) of Volcano Bay," 30 May 2017 The City of Meriens follows the form and function of a manta ray. Joe Quirk, CNN, "How to build your own country," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of manta

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manta

Spanish, alteration of manto cloak, from Late Latin mantus, probably back-formation from Latin mantellum mantle

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