Numbfish Numb"fish`, n. (Zo["o]l.) The torpedo, which numbs by the electric shocks which it gives. [1913 Webster]

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  • numbfish — [num′fish΄] n. pl. numbfish or numbfishes (see FISH) an electric ray …   English World dictionary

  • numbfish — Torpedo Tor*pe do, n.; pl. {Torpedoes}. [L. torpedo, inis, from torpere to be stiff, numb, or torpid. See {Torpid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch fishes belonging to {Torpedo} and allied genera. They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • numbfish — /num fish /, n., pl. (esp. collectively) numbfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) numbfishes. an electric ray, so called from its power of numbing its prey by means of electric shocks. [1705 15; NUMB + FISH] * * * …   Universalium

  • numbfish — /ˈnʌmfɪʃ/ (say numfish) noun (plural numbfish or numbfishes) an electric ray (fish), so called from its power of numbing its prey by means of electric shocks. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • numbfish — n. (Zoology) fish that has electric organs and is able to give electrical shock from its organs and enlarged pectoral (lives in tropical or temperate seas), electric ray, crampfish, electrical fish, torpedo …   English contemporary dictionary

  • numbfish — noun 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 • Syn: ↑electric ray, ↑crampfish, ↑torpedo • Hypernyms: ↑ray •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Blackspotted numbfish — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Brownband numbfish — Conservation status Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdo …   Wikipedia

  • Narcinidae — Numbfishes Lesser electric ray, Narcine bancroftii Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Narcine — Temporal range: Eocene–Present[1] …   Wikipedia

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