eagle ray definition

  • noun:
    • any one of numerous rays associated with the family members Myliobatidae, present in tropical and subtropical shallow seas and noted for their massive jaws and large winglike pectoral fins, that they flap for propulsion.
    • any large species of ray associated with genus Myliobatis (esp. M. aquila).
    • any large ray regarding the family Myliobatidæ, or Ætobatidæ. The common European species (Myliobatis aquila) is named also whip ray, and miller.
    • A large species of ray, Myliobatis aquila, a batoid fish of family Myliobatidæ, based in the Atlantic.
    • Any ray of the family Myliobatidæ.
    • powerful free-swimming tropical ray noted for `soaring' by flapping winglike fins; generally benign but features venomous structure near root of the end such as stingrays

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