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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ea′gle ray`(n.)

  1. any of several rays of the family Myliobatidae, found in tropical seas and noted for the soaring movements by which they propel themselves through the water.

    Category: Ichthyology

Origin of eagle ray:

1855–60

Princeton's WordNet

  1. eagle ray(noun)

    powerful free-swimming tropical ray noted for `soaring' by flapping winglike fins; usually harmless but has venomous tissue near base of the tail as in stingrays

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  1. Eagle ray

    The eagle rays are a group of cartilaginous fishes in the family Myliobatidae, consisting mostly of large species living in the open ocean rather than on the sea bottom. Eagle rays feed on mollusks and crustaceans, crushing their shells with their flattened teeth, while devil and manta rays filter plankton from the water. They are excellent swimmers and are able to breach the water up to several metres above the surface. Compared with other rays, they have long tails, and well-defined rhomboidal bodies. They are ovoviviparous, giving birth to up to six young at a time. They range from 48 centimetres to 9.1 metres in length.

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