manta ray

noun
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

Definition of manta ray

: devil ray; especially : a ray (Manta birostris) that averages 22 feet (6.7 meters) in width with a weight reaching 3000 pounds (1361 kilograms)

Examples of manta ray in a Sentence

  1. the manta ray blended in beautifully with the sandy ocean floor

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First Known Use of manta ray

1951

manta ray Synonyms

Synonyms

devilfish, manta, sea devil;

Related Words

ray, skate;


MANTA RAY Defined for Kids

manta ray

noun man·ta ray \ ˈman-tə- \

Definition of manta ray for Students

: a very large ray of warm seas that has fins that resemble wings


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