- (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
- 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 devil-ray
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"].