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

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a manta glided along the sea bottom
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 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, "These Sea Creatures Are Another Big Reason to Go to the Maldives," 8 June 2019 Even so, Stevens thinks the manta’s atypical color shouldn’t impact its survival or vulnerability to predation. National Geographic, "How did this rare pink manta get its color?," 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, "How did this rare pink manta get its color?," 11 Feb. 2020 Several species of sharks, as well as all manta and devil rays, are protected under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "About 1,400 pounds of shark fins, worth nearly $1 million, seized by officials in Florida," 5 Feb. 2020 Hurst also reveals the behind-the-scenes origins of the creepy Whisperer manta, and seems to confirm that Easter egg on Fear the Walking Dead that revealed Beta to be a pre-apocalypse musician (whose album was owned by Daniel Salazar). Dalton Ross,, "Ryan Hurst shares more clues on Beta's backstory on The Walking Dead," 14 Oct. 2019 Along with research assistant Shane Antonition, who is with the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo, Ojeda spends hours picking through the sargassum and what was collected in the manta trawl net. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Microplastics discovered in 'extreme' concentrations in the North Atlantic," 19 Aug. 2019 Microplastics gathered by a manta trawl in the Sargasso Sea are placed on a map of the area. Shailene Woodley, Time, "Shailene Woodley: How I'm Changing My Life to Help Save the Seas," 4 Sep. 2019

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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