manta ray

noun

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)

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the manta ray blended in beautifully with the sandy ocean floor
Recent Examples on the Web Is the manta ray drone destined to become a military robot? Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 Sep. 2021 Earlier this month, researchers tested a new drone in the South China Sea that resembles a manta ray. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 Sep. 2021 More manta ray viewing tour boats could also use the sites if the buoys were installed. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 Citizen-science projects have popped up all over the globe in the past five years, from studying bandicoots in Australia to researching manta ray genetics in Peru. Mark Johanson, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 July 2021 The state has asked the public to comment on a proposal to install mooring buoys to address overcrowding at two popular manta ray viewing sites off the Kona Coast. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 Many family excursions are offered including fishing, manta ray trips, turtle quests, snorkeling, banana boat and doughnut rides and dolphin sailings. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 23 June 2021 The Manta gets its name from a pair of retractable wings used to hold a third of the solar panels that mimic the shape of a manta ray. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2021 Additional inclusions for stays of seven nights or more include one experience of a group stargazing session and one experience of manta ray snorkeling. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of manta ray

1951, in the meaning defined above

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14 Oct 2021

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“Manta ray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manta%20ray. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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manta ray

noun
man·​ta ray | \ ˈman-tə- \

Kids Definition of manta ray

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

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