[Fr.] A flat kind of fish with ray-like fins on its breast. It has eyes on the upper surface, which is the back of the animal, and not the side, as in ordinary flat-fishes. The mouth is large, and the jaws are covered with numerous rows of small pointed teeth. The skin is usually beset with spines, in many cases resembling true teeth in structure, and sometimes quite formidable weapons. Its eggs are enclosed in brown leathery four-sided cases like those of the shark or dog-fish, and with long processes at the angles. True rays have the snout more or less pointed, the tail slender, and two small dorsal fins. The Ray family includes the skate and thornback. Sting rays have long, tooth-like spines, which are often used by savages to form barbed spear and arrow heads. The sting ray is common in the Mediterranean. Eagle rays, or white rays, have great pectoral fins, which resemble wings, and their tails are like whips. Sharp-nosed rays are favorites of the French, who eat them instead of skate. Electric rays are sometimes called torpedo fishes.