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devilfish,

name applied to the manta rayray,
extremely flat-bodied cartilaginous marine fish, related to the shark. The pectoral fins of most rays are developed into broad, flat, winglike appendages, attached all along the sides of the head; the animal swims by rippling movements of these wings.
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 and to an American species of octopusoctopus,
cephalopod mollusk having no shell, eight muscular arms or tentacles, a pouch-shaped body, and two large, highly developed eyes. The prey (crabs, lobsters, and other shellfish) is seized by the sucker-bearing arms and pulled into the web of tissue at the base of the
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called in Nantucket devilfish, for attacking schooners twice
While reading Kitty Smith's story, "Naakw: Devilfish, or Octopus, Helper," I was reminded of the strong cultural connections between the Yukon and Tlingit on the Pacific coast.
Gaylord Brewer's poems on Hemingway include "Brief Hemingway Encounter" from his prize-winning collection, Devilfish (1999), in which the speaker reflects on a supposed run-in with the old writer on a bus in Spain.
Gaston looked behind the woman at their hundred-gallon tank--a small one compared with what he'd sold to places like Dale Ray's Delray Bar and Grill, which only held skates and mantas, or what the locals grouped as devilfish.
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The tiny, horseshoe island, built with a military fort in mind, now harbours hundreds of sea creatures including leatherjacket, Morwong, blue devilfish and stingarees.
The manta ray, or devilfish, almost twelve feet wide, jumps and per forms other acrobatic maneuvers out of the water, as an abundance of species swim by in schools so densely populated that they form clouds capable of blocking the sun's rays underwater.
Nor could the whalers who plied these lagoons for what they called the devilfish ever have envisioned a time when vacationers would come here just to observe the grays.
Areas worth a look include the mouth of Matlacha Pass near Two Pines, the flats around Devilfish Key in Gasparilla Sound, and around the finger channels near Captiva Rocks in Pine Island Sound.
HUMOUR The star was named Devilfish in 1996 in Birmingham by poker player Stevie Yeung, who likened him to the Japanese blowfish, which can cause instant death if not prepared properly.
When I was watching Late Night Poker with my sister all the players seemed to have names like the Devilfish, so my sister called me Jeff the Jaffa Cake.