any of a family (Trichechidae) of sirenians living in shallow tropical waters near the coasts of North and South America and W Africa
Origin of manateeSpanish manatí from name in a Carib language
Any of various herbivorous aquatic mammals of the genus Trichechus, having paddlelike front flippers and a horizontally flattened tail and found in warm coastal waters and rivers in Florida, northern South America, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
Origin of manateeSpanish manatí from Cariban manati&Middot;
Trichechus manatus subsp. latirostris
(plural manatees or manatee)