from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fish of the family Platacidæ. See cut under Platax.
- n. A maltheoid fish, Malthe vespertilio: same as bat-fish, 1.
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It was a toilsome but not particularly dangerous journey, and when they reached the lighthouse, and had done full justice to a quickly-prepared meal, they were quite willing, as Paul declared, to tackle another sea-bat.
The boat was quite unusable, the bow having been crumpled into matchwood by the force with which the sea-bat had dragged it upon the reef, so the question of reaching the shore was not an easy one.
"By the e-tar-nal snakes!" exploded Tugg, "it's a different kind of a sea-bat from anything I ever seed or heard of.
"Some calls 'em sea-bat or devil-ray," was the reply, "an 'the're twenty, thirty feet 'cross sometimes.