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numbfish

(ˈnʌmˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any of several electric rays, such as Narcine tasmaniensis (Australian numbfish)
[C18: so called because it numbs its victims]
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Noun1.numbfish - 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 dischargesnumbfish - 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
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
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The numbfishes (Narcinidae, Torpediniformes) consist of four genera and about 18 species of small to medium sized benthic elasmobranchs with electric organs in the disc (McEachran & Carvalho 2002).