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)

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Examples of manta ray in a Sentence

the manta ray blended in beautifully with the sandy ocean floor
Recent Examples on the Web Every May through November, giant manta rays come to feed, amassing by the hundreds, doing somersaults to catch plankton in their open mouths while snorkelers watch on in awe. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 9 May 2024 The wildlife looks fantastic—clownfish, flounder, lobsters, manta rays, sharks, squids, and other creatures come to life with great detail, color, and animations. PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 To top it off, the water shelters manta rays, sea turtles, and a live reef begging to be explored. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2023 The customs line was packed with middle-aged Americans sharing tips about the island’s best dive sites and where to spot six-foot manta rays, hawksbill turtles, and seahorses. Nora Walsh, Travel + Leisure, 31 Mar. 2024 Home to a juvenile manta ray aggregation point, the lagoon is a significant research ground for the Manta Trust team and guests will have the chance to see the manta rays up close. Angelina Villa-Clarke, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 And that’s where most of the natural diversity exists, from manta rays in the north to hammerhead sharks in the south. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 At one point, the speed boat captain spots a manta ray. Scott Bay, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Mar. 2024 These efforts have yielded significant discoveries related to manta ray gestation and maturity, contributing invaluable knowledge to global manta ray conservation efforts. Jordi Lippe-McGraw, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023

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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 26 May. 2024.

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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