numbfish

numbfish

[nuhm-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) numbfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) numbfishes.
an electric ray, so called from its power of numbing its prey by means of electric shocks.

Origin:
1705–15; numb + fish

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numbfish (ˈnʌmˌfɪʃ)
 
n , pl -fish, -fishes
any of several electric rays, such as Narcine tasmaniensis (Australian numbfish)
 
[C18: so called because it numbs its victims]

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