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manatee

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

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Origin of manatee

1545–55; <Spanish manatí<Carib, but associated with Latin manātus provided with hands
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British Dictionary definitions for manatee

manatee
/ (ˈmænəˌtiː, ˌmænəˈtiː) /

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 forms of manatee

manatoid, adjective

Word Origin for manatee

C16: via Spanish from Carib Manattouī
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