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Definition: Raia batis
, n. [Icel. skata; cf. Prov. G. schatten,
meer-schatten, L. squatus, squatina, and E. shad.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of numerous species of large, flat elasmobranch
fishes of the genus Raia
, having a long, slender tail,
terminated by a small caudal fin. The pectoral fins, which
are large and broad and united to the sides of the body and
head, give a somewhat rhombic form to these fishes. The skin
is more or less spinose.
Note: Some of the species are used for food, as the European
blue or gray skate (Raia batis
), which sometimes
weighs nearly 200 pounds. The American smooth, or
barn-door, skate (R. l[ae]vis
) is also a large
species, often becoming three or four feet across. The
common spiny skate (R. erinacea
) is much smaller.
. See Sea purse
, any marine leech of the genus Pontobdella
parasitic on skates.
, n. [Shortened from maiden. ?. See Maiden
1. An unmarried woman; usually, a young unmarried woman;
esp., a girl; a virgin; a maiden.
Would I had died a maid,
And never seen thee, never borne thee son. --Shak.
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her
attire? Yet my people have forgotten me. --Jer. ii.
2. A man who has not had sexual intercourse. [Obs.]
Christ was a maid and shapen as a man. --Chaucer.
3. A female servant.
Spinning amongst her maids. --Shak.
Note: Maid is used either adjectively or in composition,
signifying female, as in maid child, maidservant.
4. (Zo["o]l.) The female of a ray or skate, esp. of the gray
skate (Raia batis
), and of the thornback (Raia clavata
). [Prov. Eng.]
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Fair
Maid of honor
, a female attendant of a queen or royal
princess; -- usually of noble family, and having to
perform only nominal or honorary duties.
. See under Old