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Borrowed from Spanish manita (little hand), feminine-form diminutive of mano (hand), because the small red flowers of the tree resemble five-fingered human hands.

one of the hand-like flowers of the manita tree


manita (plural manitas)

  1. (rare) The tree Chiranthodendron pentadactylon, or the red, hand-like flower this tree produces.
    • 1828, Mark Beaufoy, Mexican illustrations, founded upon facts, page 230:
      [] The manita tree,* so named from the singular formation of its flower, a drawing of which is placed as the frontispiece of this book, is a species of plant almost unknown in the catalogues of botanists.
      * Manita means a little hand.
    • 1829 October 3, in the Mechanics' Magazine, Museum, Register, Journal, and Gazette, number 321, page 112:
      Tradition states, that though the Indians did not actually worship the manita tree, yet they regarded the flower with a sort of religious veneration.
    • 1838, John Murray, The economy of vegetation, or phœnomena of plants, page 159:
      The curious manita, or ‘hand tree,’ near the city of Mexico, is another of these curiosities.
    • circa 1846, Traveling Sketches, from a work by Waddy Thompson, republished in the Rural Repository (1846 July 18), volume 22, number 23, page 181:
      [] with high walls on every side but open at the top and certainly not exceeding 80 feet square, and this is the botanic garden of the palace of Mexico; a few shrubs and plants and the celebrated manita tree, are all that it contains.
    • 1852, Victoria Alexandrina M.L. Gregory, A young traveller's journal of a tour in North and South America during the year 1850
      Close by was a plant of the manita, a flower which the Aztecs used to worship ; it is in the form of a hand, with four fingers and a thumb : this they imagined to be the hand of one of their most powerful deities, and adored it ; its colour is a brilliant scarlet.
    • 1928, Ernest Gruening, Mexico and its heritage, page 74:
      Here one finds among remedies for every organ and ailment, manita, whose red flower, shaped like thumb and four fingers gives its name “the little hand.”
    • 2000, Stephen Harrigan, The Gates of the Alamo: A Novel:
      A sign nailed to a manita tree read “Jardín Botánica.” Edmund surveyed this pathetic place in disbelief. The botanic garden of the Palace of Mexico was cramped, airless, light-starved, and populated with meager, untended specimens — []






  • Hyphenation: ma‧ni‧ta



  1. the female participant of a manito manita



manita f (plural manitas)

  1. diminutive of mano, little hand




First used in 1882, as Ottoman Turkish mantinota (mistress), from Italian mantenuta (kept woman). Compare with mantenuto (kept man).


manita (definite accusative manitayı, plural manitalar)

  1. girl friend, chick
    • 1882, Ahmed Midhat Efendi, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      mantinota: "metres, sürekli görülen hayat kadını"
      mantinota: "mistress, regularly seen courtesan"
  2. lover (unisex)


Nominative manita
Definite accusative manitayı
Singular Plural
Nominative manita manitalar
Definite accusative manitayı manitaları
Dative manitaya manitalara
Locative manitada manitalarda
Ablative manitadan manitalardan
Genitive manitanın manitaların
Possessive forms
Singular Plural
1st singular manitam manitalarım
2nd singular manitan manitaların
3rd singular manitası manitaları
1st plural manitamız manitalarımız
2nd plural manitanız manitalarınız
3rd plural manitaları manitaları
Predicative forms
Singular Plural
1st singular manitayım manitalarım
2nd singular manitasın manitalarsın
3rd singular manita
1st plural manitayız manitalarız
2nd plural manitasınız manitalarsınız
3rd plural manitalar manitalardır