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Manatus

MANA'TUS

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Noun.
The sea-cow, or fish-tailed walrus,an animal of the genus Trichechus, which grows to an enormous size; sometimes it is said, to the length twenty three feet. Of this animal there are two varieties,the australis, or lamentin, and borealis, or whale-tailed manati. It has fore feet palmated,and furnished with claws, but the hind part ends in a tail like that of a fish. The skin is of a dark color,the eyes small, and instead of teeth, the mouth is furnished with hard bones, extending the whole length of the jaws.
[There are eight grinders on each side in each jaw.] It never leaves the water, but frequents the mouths of rivers, feeding on grass that grows in the water.

Definition 2022


manatus

manatus

Latin

Noun

manatus m (genitive manatī); second declension

  1. (New Latin) sea cow; dugong or manatee
    • 1705, R. P. Geo. Jos. Camelli ad D. Jacobum Petiver, "De Piscibus Moluscis & Crustaceis Philippensibus", Philosophical Transactions, No. 302, page "2069"
      Duyong Indorum, Peje mulier Hyſpanorum, Haybe Sinarum, eſt Manatus Cluſii, & aliorum.

Inflection

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative manatus manatī
genitive manatī manatōrum
dative manatō manatīs
accusative manatum manatōs
ablative manatō manatīs
vocative manate manatī

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