Definitions for manateeˈmæn əˌti, ˌmæn əˈti
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man•a•teeˈmæn əˌti, ˌmæn əˈti(n.)(pl.)-tees.
any plant-eating aquatic mammal of the genus Trichechus, of Caribbean and W Africa waters, having front flippers and a broad spoon-shaped tail.
Origin of manatee:
1545–55; < Sp manatí < Carib; associated with L manātus having hands
manatee, Trichechus manatus(noun)
sirenian mammal of tropical coastal waters of America; the flat tail is rounded
Any of several plant-eating marine mammals, of family Trichechidae, found in tropical regions.
There are no manatees in Armenia.
Origin: From manatí, from a language.
any species of Trichechus, a genus of sirenians; -- called alsosea cow
Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. There are three accepted living species of Trichechidae, representing three of the four living species in the order Sirenia: the Amazonian manatee, the West Indian manatee, and the West African manatee. They measure up to 13 feet long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds, and have paddle-like flippers. The name manatí comes from the Taíno, a pre-Columbian people of the Caribbean, meaning "breast".
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