stingray

noun
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 Biologists believe that the freshwater stingray may be the largest freshwater fish on earth. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "11 Giant Freshwater Fish that You’ve Probably Never Heard of Before," 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, "Take a virtual tour of a Phoenix museum or other fun spots during COVID-19. Most are free," 8 Apr. 2020 Mutton snapper, large stingrays, spotted eagle rays and moray eels are also common. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 This is the scene in front of LGHQ as there's been a rise in stingray incidents. David Williams, CNN, "Record 176 people stung by stingrays at popular California beach in one day," 29 Oct. 2019 Daily talks on turtles, stingrays, seahorses, jellyfish and more are offered. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 Among other creatures, the aquarium will house alligators, river otters, fish, dolphins, stingrays and birds. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Massive new $93 million aquarium coming to Gulf Coast," 30 Sep. 2019 Kids can enjoy feeding the stingrays; food is available for $2 per two pieces. Deborah Fleck, Dallas News, "Looking for winter family fun? Try Dallas-Fort Worth’s museums, aquariums and indoor play places," 10 Jan. 2020 There was a flock of airborne stingrays amid a series of towers, all hovering over a forest floating above the surface. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "How to Save a Dying Language," 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of stingray

1624, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Stingray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stingray. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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stingray

noun
How to pronounce stingray (audio)

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

stingray

noun
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

stingray

noun
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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