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.
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 manatee
Spanish manatífrom Cariban manati•
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