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06-27-2014, 06:36 AM
The word narcotic has electric fish origins. It came from the word "narke", which is a Greek name of numbfish, which are in fact electric rays that can cause numbness in human beings in the body areas shocked by these rays. The ancient Romans and Greeks named the electric rays "numbfish" and they use it to treat their gout, chronic headaches and other maladies.

So next time when you hear the word narcotic be reminded of its electric fish ray origins.

Here's the original source, just scroll down to Cool Facts:
Pacific electric ray, Sandy Seafloor, Fishes, Torpedo californica at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/fishes/pacific-electric-ray)