- 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
Origin of mantaAmSp < Sp: from fancied resemblance to a cloak or blanket 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 . Also called manta ray .
Origin of mantaSpanish blanket, manta (from its blanketlike shape) alteration of manto cloak perhaps from Latin mantellum, mantēlum
InitialismSee also: mantā
- (military, US) Multi-Axis No-Tail Aircraft