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A cartilaginous fish of the family Myliobatidae, comprising the eagle rays, which are large marine rays with long pointed pectoral fins, a long tail, and a distinct head.
Of or belonging to the family Myliobatidae.
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Myliobatidae, family name or Myliobatides, former family name (J. Müller & J. Henle Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen 176; compare earlier Myliobatinae, Myliobatini) from Myliobatis, genus name (coined by C. Duméril and published in Cuvier Règne Animal II. 137; from ancient Greek μυλίας, use as noun of μυλίας of or for a mill + βατίς a flat fish, perhaps a skate or ray: see batyl alcohol) + scientific Latin -idae.
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