- (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.
Origin of manta
- a seaport in W Ecuador, on Manta Bay.
Examples from the Web for manta
For everyone else, the recently unveiled Manta Underwater Room in Zanzibar sounds like a dream come true.The World’s Craziest Underwater Adventures
May 14, 2014
It is not the first time Tula has ruled an outfit, and it is not the manta!
Then her hand went under her manta and drew out the curved knife.
Tula had recovered her belt, and fastened it under the manta she wore.
Her eye became fixed upon one that was covered with a manta.The White Chief
Assume the superior air of a real plainsman and speak of it as a "manta."The Book of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft
- 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 (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for manta
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"].