noun, plural man·tas [man-tuh z; Spanish mahn-tahs] /ˈmæn təz; Spanish ˈmɑn tɑs/.
- mansur, al-,
- manta bay,
Origin of manta
Examples from the Web for manta
For everyone else, the recently unveiled Manta Underwater Room in Zanzibar sounds like a dream come true.
Resting the beam on the coping of the wall, at a word, they plunged it forward against the manta, which rocked under the blow.The Fair God|Lew Wallace
Much has been said of the danger of these fisheries, both from the shark, and another enemy called the 'Manta.'The World of Waters|Mrs. David Osborne
With a nod of thanks Driscoll turned curiously to the loaded shelves, and gazed at the bolts of manta, calico, and red flannel.The Missourian|Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Word Origin 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"].