Definition of manatee in English:

manatee

Line breaks: mana|tee
Pronunciation: /ˌmanəˈtiː
 
, ˈmanətiː
 
/

noun

  • A sea cow of tropical Atlantic coasts and estuaries, with a rounded tail flipper.
    • Family Trichechidae and genus Trichechus: three species
    More example sentences
    • Native animals range from the jaguar and howler monkey to the manatee, and there are more than 290 species of birds.
    • There are three species of manatees, including the West Indian manatee.
    • They provide food and shelter for thousands of species, including endangered manatees, dugongs and sea turtles.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Spanish manati, from Carib manáti.

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