[ dev-uhl-fish ]

noun,plural (especially collectively) dev·il·fish, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) dev·il·fish·es.

Origin of devilfish

First recorded in 1700–10; devil + fish

Words Nearby devilfish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use devilfish in a sentence

  • The mountain lion rivals the shark, the devilfish, and the grizzly in being the cause of ferocious tales.

    Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
  • They ain't no bloodhound on your track, but a ugly octopus of a devilfish is gittin' its arms out after you.

    The Price of the Prairie | Margaret Hill McCarter
  • Therefore they all went to the house of devilfish and Halibut, for these two lived together.

  • Mapfarity cried out with shock and surprise as his skin flopped on the stones like a devilfish on dry land.

    Rastignac the Devil | Philip Jos Farmer
  • "I thought at first it was something like a devilfish, or possibly an overgrown starfish, but it isn't," Costigan made answer.

    Triplanetary | Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for devilfish


/ (ˈdɛvəlˌfɪʃ) /

nounplural -fish or -fishes
  1. Also called: devil ray another name for manta (def. 1)

  2. another name for octopus

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