Definitions

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

  • n. See electric ray.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electric ray of the family Narcinidae, capable of delivering numbing shocks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The torpedo, which numbs by the electric shocks which it gives.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The electric ray or torpedo: so called from its power of benumbing. Also called cramp-fish. See torpedo.

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

Etymologies

numb +‎ fish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Spookfish, numbfish, stingarees, fiddler rays and cookie-cutter sharks are just some of the 322 shark, ray and chimaerid species illustrated in the latest edition of Sharks and Rays of Australia - a definitive reference by Peter Last and John Stevens of CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.

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  • We could have a Zap! list for electricky words.

    April 20, 2009

  • This ironically named fish would not make one numb and would instead make one feel pain.

    October 31, 2008

  • Fish fish!

    October 31, 2008