sting·​ray | \ ˈstiŋ-ˌrā How to pronounce stingray (audio) \

Definition of stingray

: any of numerous rays (as of the family Dasyatidae) with one or more large sharp barbed dorsal spines near the base of the whiplike tail capable of inflicting severe wounds

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The researchers found enough lapses in this setup to sneak a pair of 5G stingray attacks through. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance," 3 Aug. 2019 Don’t let your child take a dip in the stingray display. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "Amusement parks are an expensive way to stand in line while roasting in the sun," 22 July 2019 The sea surface temperature has risen to 69 degrees in some spots in recent days, which means the stingrays will be especially close to the beach. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Strong rip currents expected at San Diego County beaches Monday and Tuesday," 14 July 2019 And unlike stingrays, manta rays don't have an external spike and are harmless to humans. NBC News, "Manta ray rescued after seemingly approaching Australian snorkelers for help," 12 July 2019 Officials advise visitors to shuffle their feet while wading in the shallows in order to avoid stepping on any stingrays. Alexa Díaz,, "Beachgoers beware: 4th of July to bring dangerous rip currents, threat of stingrays," 3 July 2019 To avoid this excruciating surprise, Beckwith recommends the stingray shuffle. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The sting: how to avoid being a victim of stingrays," 3 July 2019 National Geographic published a story in January 1989 about divers swimming with seven stingrays that gathered beneath fishermen cleaning their catch in the North Sound of Grand Cayman Island. National Geographic, "32 Astonishing Photos From a Career Spent Underwater," 13 June 2018 An autopsy later revealed that the shark had been injured by a stingray, with one of its barbs still stuck in its snout. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Popular Majorca beach evacuated after shark spotted swimming near panicked tourists," 3 Aug. 2018

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1624, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stingray

: a type of fish that has a large, flat body and a long tail with spines on it that are used to sting other animals


sting·​ray | \ ˈstiŋ-ˌrā How to pronounce stingray (audio) \

Kids Definition of stingray

: a flat fish with a sharp stinging spine on its long thin tail


sting·​ray | \ ˈstiŋ-ˌrā also -rē\

Medical Definition of stingray

: any of numerous large flat cartilaginous fishes (order Rajiformes and especially family Dasyatidae) with one or more large sharp barbed dorsal spines near the base of the whiplike tail capable of inflicting severe wounds

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