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devilfish


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devilfish  \Dev"il*fish`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  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}. 
  b  A  large  cephalopod,  especially  the  very  large  species  of 
  {Octopus}  and  {Architeuthis}.  See  {Octopus}. 
  c  The  gray  whale  of  the  Pacific  coast.  See  {Gray  whale}. 
  d  The  goosefish  or  angler  ({Lophius}),  and  other  allied 
  fishes.  See  {Angler}. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gray  \Gray\,  a.  [Compar.  {Grayer};  superl.  {Grayest}.]  [OE. 
  gray,  grey,  AS  gr[=ae]g,  gr[=e]g;  akin  to  D.  graauw  OHG. 
  gr[=a]o,  G.  grau,  Dan.  graa,  Sw  gr[*a],  Icel.  gr[=a]r.] 
  [Written  also  {grey}.] 
  1.  White  mixed  with  black,  as  the  color  of  pepper  and  salt, 
  or  of  ashes,  or  of  hair  whitened  by  age;  sometimes  a  dark 
  mixed  color;  as  the  soft  gray  eye  of  a  dove. 
 
  These  gray  and  dun  colors  may  be  also  produced  by 
  mixing  whites  and  blacks.  --Sir  I. 
  Newton. 
 
  2.  Gray-haired;  gray-headed;  of  a  gray  color;  hoary. 
 
  3.  Old  mature;  as  gray  experience.  Ames. 
 
  {Gray  antimony}  (Min.),  stibnite. 
 
  {Gray  buck}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  chickara. 
 
  {Gray  cobalt}  (Min.),  smaltite. 
 
  {Gray  copper}  (Min.),  tetrahedrite. 
 
  {Gray  duck}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  gadwall;  also  applied  to  the 
  female  mallard. 
 
  {Gray  falcon}  (Zo["o]l.)  the  peregrine  falcon. 
 
  {Gray  Friar}.  See  {Franciscan},  and  {Friar}. 
 
  {Gray  hen}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  female  of  the  blackcock  or  black 
  grouse.  See  {Heath  grouse}. 
 
  {Gray  mill  or  millet}  (Bot.),  a  name  of  several  plants  of  the 
  genus  {Lithospermum};  gromwell. 
 
  {Gray  mullet}  (Zo["o]l.)  any  one  of  the  numerous  species  of 
  the  genus  {Mugil},  or  family  {Mugilid[ae]},  found  both  in 
  the  Old  World  and  America;  as  the  European  species  ({M. 
  capito},  and  {M.  auratus}),  the  American  striped  mullet 
  ({M.  albula}),  and  the  white  or  silver  mullet  ({M. 
  Braziliensis}).  See  {Mullet}. 
 
  {Gray  owl}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  European  tawny  or  brown  owl 
  ({Syrnium  aluco}).  The  great  gray  owl  ({Ulula  cinerea}) 
  inhabits  arctic  America. 
 
  {Gray  parrot}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  parrot  ({Psittacus  erithacus}), 
  very  commonly  domesticated,  and  noted  for  its  aptness  in 
  learning  to  talk. 
 
  {Gray  pike}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Sauger}. 
 
  {Gray  snapper}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  Florida  fish;  the  sea  lawyer. 
  See  {Snapper}. 
 
  {Gray  snipe}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  dowitcher  in  winter  plumage. 
 
  {Gray  whale}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  rather  large  and  swift  California 
  whale  ({Rhachianectes  glaucus}),  formerly  taken  in  large 
  numbers  in  the  bays;  --  called  also  {grayback}, 
  {devilfish},  and  {hardhead}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  devilfish 
  n  1:  medium-sized  grayish-black  whale  of  the  north  Pacific  [syn: 
  {gray  whale},  {Eschrichtius  gibbosus},  {Eschrichtius 
  robustus}] 
  2:  bottom-living  cephalopod  having  a  soft  oval  body  with  eight 
  long  tentacles  [syn:  {octopus}] 
  3:  extremely  large  pelagic  tropical  ray  that  feeds  on  plankton 
  and  small  fishes;  usually  harmless  but  its  size  make  it 
  dangerous  if  harpooned  [syn:  {manta},  {manta  ray}] 




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