numbfish

[ nuhm-fish ]
/ ˈnʌmˌfɪʃ /

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

an electric ray, so called from its power of numbing its prey by means of electric shocks.

Nearby words

  1. numberless,
  2. numberplate,
  3. numbers,
  4. numbers game,
  5. numbers pool,
  6. numbing,
  7. numbingly,
  8. numbles,
  9. numbly,
  10. numbness

Origin of numbfish

First recorded in 1705–15; numb + fish

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British Dictionary definitions for numbfish

numbfish

/ (ˈnʌmˌfɪʃ) /

noun plural -fish or -fishes

any of several electric rays, such as Narcine tasmaniensis (Australian numbfish)

Word Origin for numbfish

C18: so called because it numbs its victims

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