manta[man′tə; Sp män′tä]
- coarse cotton cloth used for cheap shawls, capes, etc. in Spanish America
- a shawl, cape, etc. made of this
- ☆ a horse blanket or horse cloth
- any of a family (Mobulidae, order Myliobatiformes) of usually giant rays with winglike pectoral fins, living near the surface of warm seas while feeding on plankton or small fish; devilfishalso manta ray
Origin: Sp < LL mantum, a cloak, prob. back-form. < L mantellum: see mantle
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- A rough-textured cotton fabric or blanket made and used in Spanish America and the southwest United States.
- Any of several rays of the family Mobulidae, inhabiting tropical and subtropical seas and having a large flattened body, winglike pectoral fins, a whiplike tail, and two hornlike fins that project forward from the head. Also called devilfish, manta ray, sea devil.
Origin: Spanish, blanket, manta (from its blanketlike shape), alteration of manto, cloak, perhaps from Latin mantellum, mantēlum.