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cephaloptera


cephaloptera


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cephaloptera  \Ceph`a*lop"te*ra\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?  head  +  ? 
  wing.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  One  of  the  generic  names  of  the  gigantic  ray  ({Manta 
  birostris}),  known  as  {devilfish}  and  {sea  devil}.  It  is 
  common  on  the  coasts  of  South  Carolina,  Florida,  and  farther 
  south.  Some  of  them  grow  to  enormous  size,  becoming  twenty 
  feet  of  more  across  the  body,  and  weighing  more  than  a  ton.