- devil-fish, devil fish
devilfish (複数形 devilfishes または devilfish)
- (dated) Any of several not closely related marine animals:
- The octopus.
- 1899, Jose de Olivares, Our Islands and Their People as Seen with Camera and Pencil, St. Louis, M.O.; New York, N.Y.: Thompson Pub. Co, page 470:
- The unattractive reptilian specimen in the man’s right hand is an octopus, or devilfish, which constitutes a favorite dish with the Asiatics of the islands.
- 1913, Victor Ernest Shelford, Animal Communities in Temperate America, Chicago, I.L.: University of Chicago Press, page 5:
- 1999, Jonathan Raban, Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings, New York, N.Y.: Pantheon Books, →ISBN, page 46:
- This bloody tinge drew the attention of a giant octopus, or "devilfish," who lived in the deep. Rising to the surface, "looking very white" (as a dead tentacle does, though a live octopus does not), it extended a single mammoth tentacle, encircled the fish camp, and swept it into the sea, gorging itself on the people and smashing their canoes.
- The giant squid or kraken.
- 1880, James Henry Emerton, Life on the Seashore, Or, Animals of Our Coasts and Bay, Salem, M.A.: George A. Bates, page 94:
- 1901, H[ermann] Steuding, Lionel D. Barnett, transl., Greek and Roman mythology and Heroic Legend, London: Dent, page 53:
- 1913, “The Deep-Sea Kraken”, in Alfred Holman, editor, The Argonaut, volume 72, page 302:
- 1923, William Crowder, Dwellers of The Sea and Shore, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, page 198:
- Old books--many of them dating back to the last two centuries--contain pictures and descriptions of huge devilfishes overwhelming and capsizing ships with their tentacles.
- 1965, Robert T. Orr, The Animal Kingdom, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, page 99:
- Today they are represented by only a few hundred species, but these include such fascinating animals as the octopus, the giant devilfish (または giant squid, which is the largest animal without a backbone), the paper nautilus, and the pearly nautilus.
- The gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus.
- 1887, A. Howard Clark, “The American-Whale Fishery”, in Science, volume 9, number 217, New York, N.Y.: American Association for the Advancement of Science, page 323:
- The California gray whale, or devil-fish (Rhachianectes glaucus), is found only in the North Pacific, and is an object of pursuit by the shore stations established along that coast.
- 1907, Daniel Logan, A History of the Hawaiian Islands, New York, N.Y.; Chicago. I.L.: Lewis Publishing Company, page 231:
- 1916, Roy Chapman Andrews, Whale Hunting with Gun and Camera, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, page 197:
- Although twice the size of the killers and correspondingly strong, when one of the orcas appears the devilfish become terrified and either wildly dash for shore or turn belly up at the surface, with fins outspread, paralyzed by fright.
- The piranha.
- 1869, Richard Francis Burton, Explorations of the Highlands of the Brazil, volume 2, London: Tinsley Brothers, page 162:
- 1966, “Dire Tropical Fish Gets Into State's Courts”, in Daily Independent Journal, volume 105, number 259, ISSN 0891-5164, page 2:
- A court will decide sometime this year whether the piranha—South America’s deadly "devil fish" — can be a welcomed guest in California homes.
- The anglerfish, Lophius piscatorius.
- 1876 November 16, “City and Suburban News”, in The New York Times, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, ISSN 0362-4331, OCLC 971436363, page 2:
- The American angler, or devil fish, which was placed In the Aquarium on Tuesday, was found dead in the tank yesterday morning. Mr. Coup, the manager, is making great effort to procure another specimen, as well as some strange fish from South America.
- 1896, Arthur Watts, “Address to the Members of the Tyneside Naturalists' Field Club”, in Transactions of the Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham, and Newcastle-on-Tyne, volume 13, London: Williams and Norgate, published 1900, page 179:
- The four successful trawls yielded us examples of the Angler or Devil-fish, Lophius piscatorius; […]
- 1899, “A Review of the Medical Sciences”, in The Practitioner, volume 63, London: John Briggs, ISSN 0032-6518, page 208:
- Vertical section through the freshly enucleated frozen eye of a devil-fish (Lophius piscatorius).
- The suckermouth catfish, Hypostomus plecostomus (translating Spanish pez diablo).
- [2018 July 2, Tara Duggan, “Bay Area men’s plan to market invasive fish from Mexico hits snag in U.S.”, in San Francisco Chronicle, archived from the original on 2022-12-05:
- 2018 July 19, “Entrepreneurs hope to sell Mexico's 'devil fish' to Canadians as a sustainable snack”, in CBC News, archived from the original on 2023-02-03:
- 2022, Flores et. al, “Evaluation of a biocoagulant from devilfish invasive species for the removal of contaminants in ceramic industry wastewater”, in Scientific Reports, volume 12, London: Nature Portfolio, DOI:10.1038/s41598-022-14242-6, ISSN 2045-2322:
- Devilfish is an invasive species of the Loricariidae family native to South America of the Amazon basin, but it has been introduced in several countries, as in Mexico. Devilfish has become an environmental problem in the country, at least in the last 20 years.
- 2022 December 3, Kevin Spear, “Climate change heats devil fish that possess St. Johns River”, in Orlando Sentinel, archived from the original on 2022-12-23:
- In another alarm of nature spiraling to hell in Florida, scientists suspect global warming has enabled devil fish to plague and ravage the St. Johns River.
- The manta ray; any ray in the genus Mobula.
- 1893, Theodore Roosevelt; George Bird Grinnell, American Big-game Hunting: The Book of the Boone and Crockett Club, New York, N.Y.: Forest and Stream Publishing Co, page 323:
- Elliott's "South Carolina Field Sports" is a very interesting and entirely trustworthy record of the sporting side of existence on the old Southern plantations, and not only commemorates how the planters hunted bear, deer, fox, and wildcat in the cane-brakes, but also gives a unique description of harpooning the devil-fish in the warm Southern waters.
- 1951, “Woman Diverts Attention From Filming Undersea”, in The Atlanta Constitution, volume 84, number 148, page 12:
- Viennese marine biologist Han Haas lived for six months on an Arab fishing boat on the Red Sea in 120 degree heat. He bumped noses with sharks and deadly devil fish while he photographed the briny deep.
- 1951, Roy Campbell, Light on a Dark Horse: An Autobiography, Chicago, I.L.: Henry Regnery Company, published 1952, page 149:
- Thinking a whale had just sounded after hitting the water with its tail, I was about to turn away from it, when, like a great white owl, thirty feet across, and half as much from nose to tail, a gigantic eagle-ray or devil-fish, leaped silently out of the water, with its wings spread wide, planed for a short distance, and struck the water flat, with a similar detonation.
- 2004 October 31, Susan Enfield Esrey, “Far From the Bubblin' Crowd”, in The New York Times, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, ISSN 0362-4331, OCLC 971436363, archived from the original on 2016-04-03:
- These "devil fish" may have seemed terrifying then, but these days, the opportunity to swim with manta rays lures divers to Tobago, Trinidad's smaller, less-developed neighbor.
- (specifically) The devil ray, Mobula mobular.
- Certain fish in the genus Paraplesiops; see blue devilfish, Bleeker's devilfish.
- 1994, John R. Paxton; William N. Eschmeyer, Encyclopedia of Fishes, San Diego, C.A.: Academic Press, published 1995, →ISBN, page 185:
- Another closely related marine family, the Indo-Pacific Plesiopidae (roundheads), are well represented in Australian waters, with such familiar and brightly colored species as the hulafishes (Trachinops), devilfishes (Paraplesiops), and longfins (Plesiops).
- The octopus.
- “devil fish, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
- “devilfish”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
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