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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.
man•ta(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]
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|Noun||1.||devilfish - 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
|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 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
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