American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, a name of various marine animals of large size or uncanny appearance. The popular name of a large pediculate fish, Lophius piscatorius, otherwise called angler, fishing-frog, sea-devil, toad-fish, etc. See cut under
- n. Any large cuttlefish, as an octopus or an architeuthis.
- n. Lacepedia cataphracta, a fish found in Australian waters.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A huge ray (Manta birostris or Cephaloptera vampyrus) of the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Atlantic coasts. Several other related species take the same name. See cephaloptera.
- n. A large cephalopod, especially the very large species of Octopus and Architeuthis. See octopus.
- n. The gray whale of the Pacific coast. See gray whale.
- n. The goosefish or angler (Lophius), and other allied fishes. See angler.
- n. extremely large pelagic tropical ray that feeds on plankton and small fishes; usually harmless but its size make it dangerous if harpooned
- n. bottom-living cephalopod having a soft oval body with eight long tentacles
- n. medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
- devil + fish (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“With a heave and a jerk appeared the entire squid, a proper devilfish or octopus.”
“Born again ... out the window he can almost see the spot where the devilfish crawled in from the rocks.”
“Their emblem of the Black Kraken, which the simple thought to represent a mere giant devilfish, actually depicted this pulsing, growing, black cloud of terror.”
“More like a circular cloud of dense, black vapor it seemed, with whorls of mist escaping in tentacular wisps, than a literal devilfish.”
“Tis a black thing like a devilfish, with a fringe of tentacles around a burning eye -- ”
“A flock of devilfish shapes winged half a mile away.”
“Land sakes, that devilfish certainly give me a hi-mighty hug!”
“Arms seem to grow on devilfish 'while you wait' as the feller said.”
“Slowly they drew their lines closer about the troops like the clinging tentacles of some monster devilfish, and about eleven o'clock, _Bang!”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘devilfish’.
lots and lots of fish, a piscatorial
very comprehensive list
of molluscs,who does not like
calamari? hmm yum
100,000 species just in molluscs
about 330 species of sharks
about 450 species of rays and
When you're underwater, what do you see or experience? Let's dive...
(Here's a cute little related list called Fishful Thinking...)
Terms defined in the glossary of Clifford W. Ashley's "Yankee Whaler".
Looking for tweets for devilfish.