eagle ray

noun

: any of several widely distributed large active marine stingrays (family Myliobatidae) with broad pectoral fins

Examples of eagle ray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Divers in the Galápagos regularly see whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, sun fish, and many other marine creatures that are on divers' bucket lists. Karen Catchpole, Travel + Leisure, 7 Feb. 2024 Bora Bora’s marine life and coral formations are a major attraction for divers and snorkelers seeking stunning scenery below the surface, which includes eagle rays, bat rays, manta rays, leopard rays, sea turtles, a variety of sharks, and tropical fish. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Jan. 2024 Now that April Jones has had a couple of days to think about her family’s bizarre encounter with a spotted eagle ray during the 2022 Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, there’s plenty of sympathy to go around. al, 18 July 2022 One of the most cherished wildlife sightings is the spotted eagle ray, which can leap from water to reveal a wingspan of nine feet and a whip tail. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 Just coming and jumping in the water and seeing an eagle ray swim up to you. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2021 After doggedly pursuing a school of spotted eagle rays in the Maldives, the United Kingdom’s Henley Spiers nabbed runner-up in the Black and White category with Constellation of Eagle Rays. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2020 Mutton snapper, large stingrays, spotted eagle rays and moray eels are also common. USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2020 The spotted eagle ray at the Texas State Aquarium currently weighs 30 pounds and has a wingspan of four feet. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, 7 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eagle ray was circa 1856

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“Eagle ray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eagle%20ray. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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