electric ray

noun

: any of various round-bodied short-tailed rays (family Torpedinidae) of warm seas with a pair of electric organs

Examples of electric ray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The name E-Ray, from the electric ray sea creature, is a play on the Stingray name of the base model. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 17 Jan. 2023 The Romans also used non-static electricity from torpedo fish, a name for various species of electric ray, to deliver shocks to patients with maladies including headaches and hemorrhoids. The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electric ray was in 1774

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“Electric ray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20ray. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

electric ray

noun
: any of various round-bodied short-tailed rays of warm seas able to give a severe electric shock

Medical Definition

electric ray

noun
: any of various round-bodied short-tailed rays (family Torpedinidae) of warm seas that have a pair of specialized tracts of tissue in which electricity is generated

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