noun Etymology: Spanish manatí, probably of Carib origin; akin to Antillean Carib manattoüi manatee Date: 1555 any of a genus (Trichechus of the family Trichechidae) of chiefly tropical aquatic sirenian mammals that differ from the related dugong especially in having the tail rounded

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  • manatee — man a*tee , n. [Sp. manat[ i], from the native name in Haiti. Cf. {Lamantin}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of {Trichechus}, a genus of sirenians; called also {sea cow}. [Written also {manaty}, {manati}.] [1913 Webster] Note: One species ({Trichechus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manatee — 1550s, from Sp. manati (1530s), from Carib manati breast, udder. Often associated with L. manatus having hands, because the flippers resemble hands …   Etymology dictionary

  • manatee — ► NOUN ▪ a sea cow of tropical Atlantic coasts, with a rounded tail flipper. ORIGIN Carib …   English terms dictionary

  • manatee — [man′ə tē΄, man΄ə tē′] n. [Sp manatí < native (Carib) name] 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 …   English World dictionary

  • Manatee — For other uses, see Manatee (disambiguation). Manatees Antillean manatee Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • manatee — /man euh tee , man euh tee /, n. any of several plant eating aquatic mammals of the genus Trichechus, of West Indian, Floridian, and Gulf Coast waters, having two flippers in front and a broad, spoon shaped tail: all species are endangered. [1545 …   Universalium

  • Manatee — 27° 31′ 51″ N 82° 39′ 12″ W / 27.53087, 82.65343 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Manatee — Rundschwanzseekühe Karibik Manati (Trichechus manatus) Systematik Klasse: Säugetiere (Mammalia) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Manatee — Sp Mãnatis Ap Manatee L JAV apyg. (Florida) …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • manatee — noun /ˈmæn.əˌtiː/ Any of several plant eating marine mammals, of family Trichechidae, found in tropical regions. There are no manatees in Armenia. Syn: lamantin, sea cow …   Wiktionary

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