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[man-uh-tee, man-uh-tee] /ˈmæn əˌti, ˌmæn əˈti/

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.
/ˈmænəˌtiː, ˌmænəˈtiː/
any sirenian mammal of the genus Trichechus, occurring in tropical coastal waters of America, the Caribbean, and Africa: family Trichechidae. They resemble whales and have a prehensile upper lip and a broad flattened tail

1550s, from Spanish manati (1530s), from Carib manati “breast, udder.” Often associated with Latin manatus “having hands,” because the flippers resemble hands.


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