devil ray


Definition of devil ray

: any of various very large rays (genera Manta and Mobula of the family Mobulidae) widely distributed in warm seas that have large, triangular, winglike pectoral fins and a pair of hornlike lobes near the mouth which are used to guide plankton and other small aquatic organisms into the mouth, that typically lack a stinger on the tail, and that reproduce viviparously producing one or two offspring at birth

called also devilfish

— compare manta ray

Examples of devil ray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the devil ray dives had an unusual stepwise profile. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2022 Manta belong to the genus Mobula (formerly Manta), containing ten species - two (possibly three) manta and eight devil ray species. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Several species of sharks, as well as all manta and devil rays, are protected under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2020 On the top floor of the aquarium (The Vista), breathtaking views of cruise ships and Miami’s skyline compete with the 100-foot wide, 500,000-gallion tank where mahi-mahi, devil rays, tuna, and hammerhead sharks cavort. Necee Regis,, 21 Mar. 2018 Director Eliana Alvarez Martinez focuses on Munk’s search for pygmy devil rays, a species that was named Mobula Munkiana in his honor. Gary Robbins,, 12 Sep. 2017 This is the tank where mahi-mahi, devil rays and hammerhead sharks travel through its open water. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, 18 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of devil ray

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Devil ray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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