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n. pl. devilfish or dev·il·fish·es
Any of various aquatic animals having hornlike appendages on the head or thought to have a sinister appearance, including the devil rays, the manta, and certain octopuses and squids.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) Also called: devil ray another name for manta1
2. (Animals) another name for octopus


(ˈmæn tə, ˈmɑn-)

n., pl. -tas.
1. (in Spain and Spanish America) a cloak or wrap.
2. Also called man′ta ray`, devilfish. any warm-water ray of the family Mobulidae, esp. of the genus Manta, measuring up to 24 ft. (7.3 m) across.
[1690–1700; < Sp: blanket]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devilfish - medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacificdevilfish - medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
Eschrichtius, genus Eschrichtius - type and sole genus of the Eschrichtiidae
2.devilfish - bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles
octopod - a cephalopod with eight arms but lacking an internal shell
genus Octopus - type genus of the family Octopodidae
octopus - tentacles of octopus prepared as food
3.devilfish - extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishesdevilfish - extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
family Mobulidae, Mobulidae - large rays lacking venomous spines: mantas
Atlantic manta, Manta birostris - largest manta (to 22 feet across wings); found worldwide but common in Gulf of Mexico and along southern coasts of United States; primarily oceanic
devil ray, Mobula hypostoma - small manta (to 4 feet) that travels in schools


[ˈdevlfɪʃ] N (devilfish or devilfishes (pl)) → raya f, manta f
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They had not intended to spend the afternoon, but found themselves too fascinated to turn away from the breakers bursting upon the rocks and from the many kinds of colorful sea life starfish, crabs, mussels, sea anemones, and, once, in a rock-pool, a small devilfish that chilled their blood when it cast the hooded net of its body around the small crabs they tossed to it.
The deep holes in central Charlotte Harbor produce lots of sharks, but there are plenty of other sharky areas, too, including the west side of Captiva Rocks, the Bokeelia bar, the Cape Haze bar and the flats around Devilfish Key.
Ex pawnbroker and jailbird from a Hull council estate, Devilfish became one of Britain's most successful poker players, netting himself around PS4million.
Do boldly in full view of all what another would not do in secret; choose the most ridiculous aways of satisfying your lust; and at the last, if you like, eat a raw devilfish or squid, and die.
If ever there was example of playing the cards you were dealt in life with a smile on your face, looking towards the positives not the negatives, the Devilfish was it.
An array of exotic water creatures like golden apple snail and red devilfish are also on display.
The ships will also visit five wilderness areas -- Capitan Passage and Devilfish Bay in Tongass National Forest, Little Port Walter and Mist Cove, Patterson Bay and Deep Cove, The Brothers Islands and Frederick Sound, and Endicott Arm and FordOs Terror Wilderness.
Based on a California legend, readers will find Ramon's efforts to keep the special gem, despite the fierce devilfish, both engaging and gripping, as they highlight the conflict between superstition and reason.
Slattery also discussed the need to acquire original off-net shows like The Sopranos, for which they hired British creative consulting agency Devilfish to churn out a series of cinematic and darkly funny promos.
Have you ever heard of the deadly devilfish or the mythical Loch Ness monster?
It's even been called a devilfish because of its frightening appearance.