• WordNet 3.6
    • n manatee sirenian mammal of tropical coastal waters of America; the flat tail is rounded
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n manatee (Zoöl) Any species of Trichechus, a genus of sirenians; -- called also sea cow.☞ One species (Trichechus Senegalensis) inhabits the west coast of Africa; another (Trichechus Americanus) inhabits the east coast of South America, and the West-Indies. The Florida manatee (Trichechus latirostris) is by some considered a distinct species, by others it is thought to be a variety of Trichechus Americanus. It sometimes becomes fifteen feet or more in length, and lives both in fresh and salt water. It was hunted for its oil and flesh, and every species is now an endangered species.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n manatee A sea-cow; a gregarious herbivorous aquatic sirenian mammal, of the genus Manatus, family Manatidœ, and order Sirenia. The American manatee, to which the name was originally given, and to which it specially pertains, is Manatus americanus, australis, or latirostris, whether of one of two species. The manatee inhabits the shallow waters of rivers and estuaries on the eastern coast of tropical and subtropical America, from Florida and some of the West India islands to about lat. 20° S. It is a sluggish, timid, and in-offensive animal, found in small herds, feeding on aquatic vegetation, and attaining sometimes a length of 8 or 10 feet. In general aspect the manatee resembles a small whale or other cetacean, but it belongs to a different order, though it was formerly considered a herbivorous cetacean. The body is naked and stout, shaped like that of a fish, without trace of hind limbs, ending in an expansive shovel-or spoon-shaped tail; the fore limbs are flippers or paddles without outward distinction of digits, but with flattened nails; the eyes and ears are small; and the whole physiognomy is peculiar, owing to the tumidity and great mobility of the muzzle. There is an entirely distinct species, Manatus senegalensis, found on the western coast of Africa, to which the name extends.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Manatee man-a-tē′ an aquatic animal—also called the Sea-cow or Dugong (q.v.).
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. manatí, from the native name in Haiti. Cf. Lamantin


In literature:

Shell-fish are also found in the Coanza, and the "Peixemulher", or woman-fish of the Portuguese, which is probably a Manatee.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Manatee, rudimentary nails of, 454.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
They were undoubtedly manatees or sea-cows.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
They subsist entirely on fish, turtle, and manatee.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Again, four years later, I put my whole soul into a prayer for manatees, and again with success.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
A name used by the early voyagers for the manatee.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Isle of Batts, very large; and numerous Turtles and Manatee.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
Accordingly, at dawn of the next day Donalblane set out on his hunt for a manatee.
"Donalblane of Darien" by J. Macdonald Oxley
The manatee, or sea-cow, is from ten to fourteen feet long, and has a head much resembling our common cow without horns.
"Journal of Voyages" by Jacob Dunham
They came up with a large canoe containing eight Indians who were lying in wait for a manatee.
"Adventures Among the Red Indians" by H. W. G. Hyrst
The manatee-hunter had got back to his village in time to tell of the two who had gone there in his own canoe.
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid
Sirenia, which also includes the manatees.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The face of the Secretary of the Navy resembled the countenance of a benevolent manatee.
"The Slayer Of souls" by Robert Chambers
The manga is a new species of manatee.
"Lost in the Jungle" by Paul Du Chaillu
But the cetacea are all carnivorous, whereas the manatee and its relatives live entirely on vegetable food.
"Sea Monsters Unmasked and Sea Fables Explained" by Henry Lee
Turtle and manatee were struck here, as much every day as served the whole crew.
"History of the Buccaneers of America" by James Burney
Small flowers blossom on these aquatic fields, which shelter snakes and turtles, and sometimes the peixe-boi, the manatee.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
Crocodiles and in fewer numbers manatees and otters frequent the rivers and lagoons and hippopotami are found in the Volta.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
These are gradually replaced by others to the number of three, the replacement of teeth suggesting that of the Manatee.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
Turtles abound, and the seal, the manatee and the crocodile are sometimes found.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Woman arrested months after being photographed riding manatee .
The Manatee County Port Authority has appointed Carol Whitmore to chairman for 2013.
Dead manatee found on shore of Lake Marion.
South Carolina wildlife officials say a dead manatee has been found on Lake Marion, more than 100 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Ana Gutierrez, a Florida woman, was arrested Saturday for violating state law after being photographed riding a manatee earlier this year.
" she is new to the area and did not realize it was against the law to touch or harass manatees ," the sheriff's office said in a statement at the time.
No manatees were believed to have been injured.
Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was photographed on manatee in September.
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Guiterrez soon turned herself into police but said she was new to the area and was not familiar with the law protecting manatees .
Friendly and mild-mannered in nature, manatees can grow to up to 13-feet long or weigh as much as 1,300 pounds.
Woman photographed riding a manatee in Florida is arrested.
A woman, later identified as Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez, is seen riding a manatee at Fort DeSoto Park Pinellas County, Fla. ( Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ).
A woman's practical joke ended up with a misdemeanor warrant Saturday after she rode a manatee .