manta ray definition

  • noun:
    • See manta.
    • Any of several very large pelagic rays regarding the genus Manta, with winglike pectoral fins, a long end, as well as 2 fins resembling horns that project through the head.
    • an exceptionally big pelagic tropical ray of family members Mobulidae, that nourishes on plankton and little fishes. It will always be safe but its size (up to 20 foot across or over to quite a bit in weight) make it dangerous if harpooned. Known as additionally manta, sea devil and devilfish. See also cephaloptera and sea devil.
    • incredibly big pelagic tropical ray that nourishes on plankton and little fishes; frequently safe but its dimensions succeed dangerous if harpooned

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