manatee[man′ə tē′, man′ə tē′]
any of a family (Trichechidae) of sirenians living in shallow tropical waters near the coasts of North and South America and W Africa; sea cow
Origin of manateeSpanish manatí ; from native (Carib) name
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 of 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)