Definition of manatee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmænətiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænətiː//
Wild mammals
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a large water animal with front legs and a strong tail but no back legs, that lives in America and Africa See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Spanish manati, from Carib manáti.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: manatee