man·​ta ˈman-tə How to pronounce manta (audio)
: a square piece of cloth or blanket used in southwestern U.S. and Latin America usually as a cloak or shawl
[American Spanish, from Spanish; from its shape] : manta ray

Examples of manta in a Sentence

a manta glided along the sea bottom
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Word History


Spanish, alteration of manto cloak, from Late Latin mantus, probably back-formation from Latin mantellum mantle

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of manta was in 1697

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“Manta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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