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 of manta from the Web
A local who spoke with National Geographic also warned of sharks and manta rays in the waters, as well sharp whale bones poking through the sands of Shelly Island.
From May through October, guests can also freedive with the island’s famous 2,000-pound manta rays with wingspans stretching up to 20 feet.
Freedivers learn to improve their diving technique while taking identification photos and helping record environmental information essential to manta ray conservation.
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.
Race your family on manta rays down these four fast flumes.
The City of Meriens follows the form and function of a manta ray.
Just a few days after videoing his clients catching cobia that were running with manta rays, Maciasz happened upon whale sharks that were mixed in with schools of tuna.
Cobia are legendarily tasty fish that cling to any type of structure, like oil platforms, gas wells, sargassum and, apparently, manta rays.
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Origin and Etymology of manta
Spanish, alteration of manto cloak, from Late Latin mantus, probably back-formation from Latin mantellum mantle
First Known Use: 1697See Words from the same year
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