Definition of Devilfish

1. Noun. Medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific.

2. Noun. Bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles.
Exact synonyms: Octopus
Generic synonyms: Octopod
Group relationships: Genus Octopus
Terms within: Octopus

3. Noun. Extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned.
Exact synonyms: Manta, Manta Ray
Generic synonyms: Ray
Group relationships: Family Mobulidae, Mobulidae
Specialized synonyms: Atlantic Manta, Manta Birostris, Devil Ray, Mobula Hypostoma

Definition of Devilfish

1. n. A huge ray (Manta birostris or Cephaloptera vampyrus) of the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Atlantic coasts. Several other related species take the same name. See Cephaloptera.

Definition of Devilfish

1. Noun. Any of several unrelated marine animals ¹

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Medical Definition of Devilfish

1. A huge ray (Manta birostris or Cephaloptera vampyrus) of the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Atlantic coasts. Several other related species take the same name. See Cephaloptera. A large cephalopod, especially the very large species of Octopus and Architeuthis. See Octopus. The gray whale of the Pacific coast. See Gray whale. The goosefish or angler (Lophius), and other allied fishes. See Angler. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Devilfish

devil ray
devil screecher
devil sticks
devil strip
devil take the hindmost
devil tree
devil worshiper
deviled egg
devilfish (current term)

Literary usage of Devilfish

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1. Crusoe's Island: A Bird-hunter's Story by Frederick Albion Ober (1898)
"The devilfish made a terrible fight, grasping the gunwales of the canoe, ... The mutilated devilfish sank back into the coral cave, its horrid eyes fixed on ..."

2. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1915)
"SMALL devilfish. In July, 1910, I first captured this rare and practically ... devilfish. In July, 1909, I saw one of these rays, having a width of at least ..."

3. Tlingit Myths and Texts by John Reed Swanton (1909)
"They did not know that a big devilfish lived under a steep cliff not very far ... While they were gone the devilfish saw the glow on the water from the red ..."

4. Haida Texts and Myths, Skidegate Dialect by John [Reed] Swanton (1905)
"HE WHO MARRIED THE DAUGHTER OF THE devilfish CHIEF [Told by Walter McGregor of the Seu-lion-town people] He was going along in his canoe with his two ..."

5. Appleton's New Practical Cyclopedia: A New Work of Reference Based Upon the edited by Marcus Benjamin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick, Gerald Van Casteel, George Jotham Hagar (1920)
"... popular name for one of the cuttlefishes, usually the octopus. In the US applied in the South to a large ray or skate, devilfish (OCTOPUS ..."

6. Florida Enchantments by Anthony Weston Dimock, Julian Anthony Dimock (1915)
"We didn't make either of the passes named for the devilfish changed his course ... Sometimes the devilfish stopped swimming and appeared to rest upon the ..."

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