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}, {manta} and {manta ray}. It is common on the coasts of South Carolina, Florida, and farther south, and is sometimes found as far north as New York Bay. Some of them grow to enormous size, becoming twenty feet of more across the body, and weighing more than a ton. [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 — 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… …   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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