Definitions

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

  • n. See manta.
  • n. See octopus.
  • n. See gray whale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several unrelated marine animals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In zoology, a name of various marine animals of large size or uncanny appearance.
  • n. Any large cuttlefish, as an octopus or an architeuthis.
  • n. Lacepedia cataphracta, a fish found in Australian waters.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

devil +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    CHAPTER VI

  • With a heave and a jerk appeared the entire squid, a proper devilfish or octopus.

    THE WATER BABY

  • Born again ... out the window he can almost see the spot where the devilfish crawled in from the rocks.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • 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.

    Conan Of The Isles

  • More like a circular cloud of dense, black vapor it seemed, with whorls of mist escaping in tentacular wisps, than a literal devilfish.

    Conan Of The Isles

  • Tis a black thing like a devilfish, with a fringe of tentacles around a burning eye -- '

    Conan Of The Isles

  • A flock of devilfish shapes winged half a mile away.

    Three Worlds To Conquer

  • Land sakes, that devilfish certainly give me a hi-mighty hug!

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • Arms seem to grow on devilfish 'while you wait' as the feller said.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • Slowly they drew their lines closer about the troops like the clinging tentacles of some monster devilfish, and about eleven o'clock, _Bang!

    Danger Signals Remarkable, Exciting and Unique Examples of the Bravery, Daring and Stoicism in the Midst of Danger of Train Dispatchers and Railroad Engineers

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