man·​ta | \ ˈman-tə How to pronounce manta (audio) \

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

Examples of manta in a Sentence

a manta glided along the sea bottom
Recent Examples on the Web Pate's group has identified 125 individual manta rays across a study area that runs from Stuart to Fort Lauderdale. Arkansas Online, 27 Feb. 2022 Over the years, the sea passages between the islands have seen wave and tidal machines that bring to mind steel manta rays and undulating sea snakes. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 After the successful impromptu rescue, the divers registered the oceanic manta in a database for the vulnerable species, naming the female animal Spi-Phyll. Kelli Bender,, 30 Sep. 2021 There is also genetic evidence, to be published in a forthcoming paper, that the Florida manta rays belong to a third, new species of manta ray, Pate adds. Bethany Augliere, National Geographic, 3 Sep. 2020 While the smaller reef manta has an impressive wingspan of about 11 feet wide on average, the giant oceanic manta ray—the largest species of ray—can have a wingspan of up to 29 feet. National Geographic, 26 Aug. 2019 Stevens first encountered the Maldivian reef mantas when he was hired as a marine biologist and dive guide on the Four Seasons Explorer, the brand’s Maldivian luxury liveaboard yacht, in 2003. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, 8 June 2019 Even so, Stevens thinks the manta’s atypical color shouldn’t impact its survival or vulnerability to predation. National Geographic, 11 Feb. 2020 That’s mostly because of the reef manta's massive size; an adult can easily weigh more than a ton. National Geographic, 11 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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“Manta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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