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manatee

[man-uh-tee, man-uh-tee] /ˈmæn əˌti, ˌmæn əˈti/
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
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish manatí < Carib, but associated with Latin manātus provided with hands
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manatee

/ˈmænəˌtiː, ˌmænəˈtiː/
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 Forms
manatoid, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Spanish from Carib Manattouī
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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.

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