manatee [man-uh-tee, man-uh-tee] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- 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.
Origin of manatee 1545–55; Spanish manatí Carib, but associated with Latin manātus provided with hands Examples from the Web for manatee Historical Examples of manatee
The manatee ranges from the mouth of the Amazon to the upper waters.
The manatee feeds on the grass growing at the borders of the lakes and rivers.
You say that you first met Rufus Shepley aboard the Manatee?
Squier and Davis, who first figured it, supposed it to represent a manatee, or sea-cow.
E. A. Allen
Isle of Batts, very large; and numerous Turtles and Manatee.
British Dictionary definitions for manatee manatee noun
- 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
Derived Formsmanatoid, adjectiveWord Origin for manatee C16: via Spanish from Carib Manattouī Word Origin and History for manatee n.
1550s, from Spanish manati (1530s), from Carib manati “breast, udder.” Often associated with Latin manatus “having hands,” because the flippers resemble hands.