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)

Illustration of manta ray

Illustration of manta ray

Example Sentences

the manta ray blended in beautifully with the sandy ocean floor
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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manta ray was in 1951

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“Manta ray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

manta ray

man·​ta ray
: any of several extremely large rays that are widely distributed in warm seas and have enlarged pectoral fins resembling wings

called also devilfish, manta

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