manatee

[man-uh-tee, man-uh-tee]
noun
  1. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for manatee

Historical Examples of manatee


British Dictionary definitions for manatee

manatee

noun
  1. 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, adjective

Word Origin for manatee

C16: via Spanish from Carib Manattouī
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper