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 of mantaSpanish ; from Late Latin mantum, a cloak, probably back-formation ; from Classical Latin mantellum: see mantle
- A rough-textured cotton fabric or blanket made and used in Spanish America and the southwest United States.
- A very large ray (Manta birostris) inhabiting tropical and subtropical seas, having a whiplike tail and two hornlike fins that project forward from the head, and feeding on plankton. Also called devil ray, manta ray.
Origin of mantaSpanish, blanket, manta (from its blanketlike shape), alteration of manto, cloak, perhaps from Latin mantellum, mantēlum.