[man-tuh; Spanish mahn-tah] /ˈmæn tə; Spanish ˈmɑn tɑ/

noun, plural mantas
[man-tuh z; Spanish mahn-tahs] /ˈmæn təz; Spanish ˈmɑn tɑs/ (Show IPA)
(in Spain and Spanish America) a cloak or wrap.
the type of blanket or cloth used on a horse or mule.
Military. a movable shelter formerly used to protect besiegers, as when attacking a fortress.
Ichthyology.. Also called manta ray, devil ray, devilfish. any of several tropical rays of the small family Mobulidae, especially of the genus Manta, measuring from 2 to 24 feet (0.6 to 7.3 meters) across, including the pectoral fins.
[mahn-tah, -tuh] /ˈmɑn tɑ, -tə/
a seaport in W Ecuador, on Manta Bay.
/ˈmæntə; Spanish ˈmanta/
Also called manta ray, devilfish, devil ray. any large ray (fish) of the family Mobulidae, having very wide winglike pectoral fins and feeding on plankton
a rough cotton cloth made in Spain and Spanish America
a piece of this used as a blanket or shawl
another word for mantelet (sense 2)

very large ray (also called devilfish), 1760, from Spanish manta “blanket” (which is attested in English from 1748 in this sense, specifically in reference to a type of wrap or cloak worn by Spaniards), from Late Latin mantum “cloak,” back-formation from Latin mantellum “cloak” (see mantle (n.)). The ray so called “for being broad and long like a quilt” [Jorge Juan and Antonio de Ulloa, “A Voyage to South America”].


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  • Man-tailored

    [man-tey-lerd] /ˈmænˈteɪ lərd/ adjective 1. (of women’s clothing) tailored in the general style and with the details of men’s clothing. Compare (def 2).

  • Mantaro

    [mahn-tah-raw; English man-tahr-oh, mahn-] /mɑnˈtɑ rɔ; English mænˈtɑr oʊ, mɑn-/ noun 1. a river in central Peru, flowing SE to the Apurímac River. About 360 miles (580 km) long.

  • Manteau

    [man-toh, man-toh] /ˈmæn toʊ, mænˈtoʊ/ noun, plural manteaus, manteaux [man-tohz, man-tohz] /ˈmæn toʊz, mænˈtoʊz/ (Show IPA). Obsolete. 1. a or cloak, especially one worn by women. /ˈmæntəʊ; French mɑ̃to/ noun (pl) -teaus (-təʊz), (French) -teaux (-to) 1. a cloak or mantle n. “cloak, mantle,” 1670s, from French manteau, from Old French mantel (see mantle).

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