• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cephaloptera (Zoöl) One of the generic names of the gigantic ray (Manta birostris) of the family Mobulidae, known as devilfish sea devil manta and manta ray. It is common on the coasts of South Carolina, Florida, and farther south, and is sometimes found as far north as New York Bay. Some of them grow to enormous size, becoming twenty feet of more across the body, and weighing more than a ton.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cephaloptera The typical genus of the family Cephalopteridæ: so called from having a pair of projections like horns upon the head. Also Cephalopterus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cephaloptera sef-a-lop′tėr-a a name formerly used for a genus of rays.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. kefalh` head + ptero`n wing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kephalē, the head, ptera, wings.


In literature:

This animal is the same as those which mariners call Poulps; which science designates Cephalopterae, and which ancient legends call Krakens.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo