sea devil

sea devil
Ox Ox ([o^]ks), n.; pl. {Oxen}. [AS. oxa; akin to D. os. G. ochs, ochse, OHG. ohso, Icel. oxi, Sw. & Dan. oxe, Goth. a['u]hsa, Skr. ukshan ox, bull; cf. Skr. uksh to sprinkle. [root]214. Cf. {Humid}, {Aurochs}.] (Zo["o]l.) The male of bovine quadrupeds, especially the domestic animal when castrated and grown to its full size, or nearly so. The word is also applied, as a general name, to any species of bovine animals, male and female. [1913 Webster]

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field. --Ps. viii. 7. [1913 Webster]

Note: The castrated male is called a steer until it attains its full growth, and then, an ox; but if castrated somewhat late in life, it is called a stag. The male, not castrated, is called a bull. These distinctions are well established in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When wild animals of this kind are spoken of, ox is often applied both to the male and the female. The name ox is never applied to the individual cow, or female, of the domestic kind. Oxen may comprehend both the male and the female. [1913 Webster]

{Grunting ox} (Zo["o]l.), the yak.

{Indian ox} (Zo["o]l.), the zebu.

{Javan ox} (Zo["o]l.), the banteng.

{Musk ox}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Musk}.

{Ox bile}. See {Ox gall}, below.

{Ox gall}, the fresh gall of the domestic ox; -- used in the arts and in medicine.

{Ox pith}, ox marrow. [Obs.] --Marston.

{Ox ray} (Zo["o]l.), a very large ray ({Dicerobatis Giorn[ae]}) of Southern Europe. It has a hornlike organ projecting forward from each pectoral fin. It sometimes becomes twenty feet long and twenty-eight feet broad, and weighs over a ton. Called also {sea devil}.

{To have the black ox tread on one's foot}, to be unfortunate; to know what sorrow is (because black oxen were sacrificed to Pluto). --Leigh Hunt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sea devil — Sea dev il(Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any very large ray, especially any species of the genus {Manta} or {Cephaloptera}, some of which become more than twenty feet across and weigh several tons. See also {Ox ray}, under {Ox}. (b) Any large cephalopod, as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea devil — n. DEVILFISH …   English World dictionary

  • Sea devil — NOTOC Sea devil may refer to:Biology* The Manta ray, Manta birostris , or its relatives in the family Myliobatidae * Deep sea fishes in the family Ceratiidae See also Devilfish (disambiguation) Marine vessels*USS Sea Devil (SS 400), a Balao class …   Wikipedia

  • sea devil — noun 1. : devilfish 1 2. : monkfish 1 3. : black sea devil 4. : stonefish * * * manta (def. 4). [1585 95 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sea devil — manta ray manta ray n. An extremely large pelagic tropical ray of the family {Mobulidae}, that feeds on plankton and small fishes. It is usually harmless but its size (up to 20 feet across and up to a ton in weight) make it dangerous if harpooned …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea devil — europinė mobulė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Mobula mobula angl. devil ray; devilfish; horned ray; sea devil rus. европейская мобула; средиземноморская мобула; средиземноморский рогач ryšiai:… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • sea devil — Cephaloptera Ceph a*lop te*ra (s[e^]f [.a]*l[o^]p t[ e]*r[.a]), n. [NL., fr. Gr. kefalh head + ptero n wing.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of the generic names of the gigantic ray ({Manta birostris}) of the family {Mobulidae}, known as {devilfish}, {sea devil} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea devil — europinis jūrų velnias statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Lophius piscatorius angl. angler; fishing frog; frogfish; goosefish; monkfish; sea devil rus. европейский морской чёрт; европейский удильщик… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • sea devil — noun Date: 1634 devilfish 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sea devil — manta (def. 4). [1585 95] * * * …   Universalium

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