Definition of manatee in English:


Syllabification: man·a·tee
Pronunciation: /ˈmanəˌtē


  • An aquatic mammal with a rounded tail flipper, living in shallow coastal waters and adjacent rivers of the tropical Atlantic.
    • Family Trichechidae and genus Trichechus: three species, all of which are endangered, including the West Indian manatee (T. manatus)
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    • 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.


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

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