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English Dictionary: devilfish by the DICT Development Group
4 results for devilfish
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
devilfish
n
  1. medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
    Synonym(s): grey whale, gray whale, devilfish, Eschrichtius gibbosus, Eschrichtius robustus
  2. bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles
    Synonym(s): octopus, devilfish
  3. extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned
    Synonym(s): manta, manta ray, devilfish
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Devilfish \Dev"il*fish`\, n. (Zo[94]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]:
   d8Cephaloptera \[d8]Ceph`a*lop"te*ra\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. [?] head
      + [?] wing.] (Zo[94]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[aemac]g, gr[emac]g; akin to D. graauw,
      OHG. gr[amac]o, G. grau, Dan. graa, Sw. gr[aring], Icel.
      gr[amac]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[94]l.), the chickara.
  
      {Gray cobalt} (Min.), smaltite.
  
      {Gray copper} (Min.), tetrahedrite.
  
      {Gray duck} (Zo[94]l.), the gadwall; also applied to the
            female mallard.
  
      {Gray falcon} (Zo[94]l.) the peregrine falcon.
  
      {Gray Friar}. See {Franciscan}, and {Friar}.
  
      {Gray hen} (Zo[94]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[94]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[94]l.), the European tawny or brown owl
            ({Syrnium aluco}). The great gray owl ({Ulula cinerea})
            inhabits arctic America.
  
      {Gray parrot} (Zo[94]l.), a parrot ({Psittacus erithacus}),
            very commonly domesticated, and noted for its aptness in
            learning to talk.
  
      {Gray pike}. (Zo[94]l.) See {Sauger}.
  
      {Gray snapper} (Zo[94]l.), a Florida fish; the sea lawyer.
            See {Snapper}.
  
      {Gray snipe} (Zo[94]l.), the dowitcher in winter plumage.
  
      {Gray whale} (Zo[94]l.), a rather large and swift California
            whale ({Rhachianectes glaucus}), formerly taken in large
            numbers in the bays; -- called also {grayback},
            {devilfish}, and {hardhead}.
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