Pronunciation: (man'tu; Sp. män'tä), [key]
—pl. -tasPronunciation: (-tuz; Sp. -täs). [key]
1. (in Spain and Spanish America) a cloak or wrap.
2. the type of blanket or cloth used on a horse or mule.
3. Mil.a movable shelter formerly used to protect besiegers, as when attacking a fortress.
4. Ichthyol.Also called man'ta ray", devil ray, devilfish. any of several tropical rays of the small family Mobulidae, esp. of the genus Manta, measuring from 2 to 24 ft. (0.6 to 7.3 m) across, including the pectoral fins. See illus. in preceding column.
Pronunciation: (män'tä, -tu), [key]
a seaport in W Ecuador, on Manta Bay. 64,569.
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