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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Examples of stingray in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chance to feed a stingray or touch a starfish might propel a youngster to environmental work. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Yes, even Bernie got his photo taken with the mysterious, decomposing stingray. Katelyn Umholtz,, 21 Jan. 2021 But here's the problem: When authorities use a stingray to capture a suspect's location through their device's GPS data, the gadget also collects information from the phones of innocent passersby. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2021 Just about everyone was delighted with the new park at the foot of the Bay Bridge, with the possible exception of a certain gray stingray. Steve Rubenstein,, 25 Oct. 2020 Watch jellyfish delicately swim in and out of the frame, or enjoy the aquarium’s largest exhibition, an awe-inspiring, one million-gallon tank that houses an array of sea creatures, including stingray, sharks and turtles. Sara Aridi, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2020 The heads can also serve as weapons — biologists have observed a female great hammerhead use her noggin to bludgeon a stingray. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2020 Biologists believe that the freshwater stingray may be the largest freshwater fish on earth. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 25 June 2020 To catch up on the past few weeks, check the roundup of previous tours, which include a look at stingrays, Mexican gray wolves, giraffes and orangutans. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of stingray

1624, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Stingray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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