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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See electric ray.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The torpedo, or electric ray, whose touch gives an electric shock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The torpedo, or electric ray, the touch of which gives an electric shock. See electric fish, and torpedo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The electric ray or torpedo. See torpedo. Also called cramp-ray, numb-fish, and wrymouth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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


From cramp1 (from its ability to give electric shocks).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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