sea devil

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sea devil \Sea" dev`il\(Zool.)
   (a) Any very large ray, especially any species of the genus
       Manta or Cephaloptera, some of which become more than
       twenty feet across and weigh several tons. See also {Ox
       ray}, under Ox.
   (b) Any large cephalopod, as a large Octopus, or a giant
       squid (Architeuthis). See Devilfish.
   (c) The angler.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ox \Ox\ ([o^]ks), n.; pl. Oxen. [AS. oxa; akin to D. os. G.
   ochs, ochse, OHG. ohso, Icel. oxi, Sw. & Dan. oxe, Goth.
   a['u]hsa, Skr. ukshan ox, bull; cf. Skr. uksh to sprinkle.
   [root]214. Cf. Humid, Aurochs.] (Zool.)
   The male of bovine quadrupeds, especially the domestic animal
   when castrated and grown to its full size, or nearly so. The
   word is also applied, as a general name, to any species of
   bovine animals, male and female.
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         All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field.
                                                  --Ps. viii. 7.
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   Note: The castrated male is called a steer until it attains
         its full growth, and then, an ox; but if castrated
         somewhat late in life, it is called a stag. The male,
         not castrated, is called a bull. These distinctions are
         well established in regard to domestic animals of this
         genus. When wild animals of this kind are spoken of, ox
         is often applied both to the male and the female. The
         name ox is never applied to the individual cow, or
         female, of the domestic kind. Oxen may comprehend both
         the male and the female.
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   Grunting ox (Zool.), the yak.

   Indian ox (Zool.), the zebu.

   Javan ox (Zool.), the banteng.

   Musk ox. (Zool.) See under Musk.

   Ox bile. See Ox gall, below.

   Ox gall, the fresh gall of the domestic ox; -- used in the
      arts and in medicine.

   Ox pith, ox marrow. [Obs.] --Marston.

   Ox ray (Zool.), a very large ray (Dicerobatis Giornae) of
      Southern Europe. It has a hornlike organ projecting
      forward from each pectoral fin. It sometimes becomes
      twenty feet long and twenty-eight feet broad, and weighs
      over a ton. Called also sea devil.

   To have the black ox tread on one's foot, to be
      unfortunate; to know what sorrow is (because black oxen
      were sacrificed to Pluto). --Leigh Hunt.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

manta ray \manta ray\ n.
   An extremely large pelagic tropical ray of the family
   Mobulidae, that feeds on plankton and small fishes. It is
   usually harmless but its size (up to 20 feet across and up to
   a ton in weight) make it dangerous if harpooned. Called also
   manta, sea devil and devilfish. See also Cephaloptera
   and Sea devil.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cephaloptera \Ceph`a*lop"te*ra\
   (s[e^]f`[.a]*l[o^]p"t[-e]*r[.a]), n. [NL., fr. Gr. kefalh`
   head + ptero`n wing.] (Zool.)
   One of the generic names of the gigantic ray ({Manta
   birostris}) of the family Mobulidae, known as devilfish,
   sea devil, manta and manta ray. It is common on the
   coasts of South Carolina, Florida, and farther south, and is
   sometimes found as far north as New York Bay. Some of them
   grow to enormous size, becoming twenty feet of more across
   the body, and weighing more than a ton.
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