Definition of Numbfish

1. Noun. Any sluggish bottom-dwelling ray of the order Torpediniformes having a rounded body and electric organs on each side of the head capable of emitting strong electric discharges.

Exact synonyms: Crampfish, Electric Ray, Torpedo
Generic synonyms: Ray
Group relationships: Family Torpedinidae, Torpedinidae

Definition of Numbfish

1. n. The torpedo, which numbs by the electric shocks which it gives.

Definition of Numbfish

1. Noun. (zoology) An electric ray of the family Narcinidae, capable of delivering numbing shocks. ¹

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Definition of Numbfish

1. a fish capable of emitting electric shocks [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Numbfish

1. The torpedo, which numbs by the electric shocks which it gives. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Numbfish

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Literary usage of Numbfish

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1. Fishes by David Starr Jordan (1907)
"... unknown as a disease requiring a special name or treatment. On the coast of Alaska, about Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet, _' FIG. 41.—numbfish ..."

2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1884)
"464, 1 a; XII. 116, 2 b. NUMANTIA, ancient city of Spain, XII. 534. NUMA POMPILIUS, legendary king of Rome, XII. 534. numbfish: see TORPEDO, XV. 802, 1 b. ..."

3. A Manual of the Vertebrate Animals of the Northern United States: Including by David Starr Jordan (1904)
"numbfish. Black, with obscure darker blotches; spiracles with entire edges. L. 3 to 5 feet. Cape Cod S.; not common. FAMILY XVI. ..."

4. A Text-book of the Principles of Animal Histology by Ulric Dahlgren, William Allison Kepner (1908)
"... the " torpedo " or " numbfish." The body of the electroplax is derived from the posterior end of the fiber instead of from the anterior, as in Raja. ..."

5. A History of the Fishes of the British Islands by Jonathan Couch (1868)
"numbfish. ELECTRIC RAY. WHEREVER this fish has been found it could not fail to attract attention, by the experience it compelled its observers to obtain of ..."

6. Final Report by New Jersey Geological Survey (1890)
"numbfish. Mouth small, with pointed teeth; first dorsal fin more than twice as large as second; edges of spiracles smooth; color black, with obscure darker ..."

7. Zoology: Descriptive and Practical by Buel Preston Colton (1903)
"... and " numbfish." THE BONY FISHES. The great majority of fishes differ from the sharks and rays as follows : — I. The skeleton is bony instead of ..."

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