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Any of various rays having spines on the back, especially Raja clavata, found in coastal waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
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1. (Animals) a European ray, Raja clavata, having a row of spines along the back and tail
2. (Animals) a similar fish, Platyrhinoidis triseriata, of the Pacific Ocean
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1. a skate, Raja clavata, of European waters, having short spines on the back and tail.
2. a California ray, Platyrhinoidis triseriatus, belonging to the guitarfish group.
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