sting·​ray | \ˈstiŋ-ˌrā \

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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While incarcerated, Rigmaiden vigorously defended himself in court and began to shed a great deal of light on the device used to catch him in 2008, a cell-site simulator, or stingray. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Convicted tax fraudster sues CNBC for defamation, says he’s not a “hacker”," 19 Nov. 2018 Don't miss the twice-daily presentation (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) by divers in the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, full of sharks of many kinds, giant stingrays and hundreds of other fish. Brian J. Cantwell,, "Rainy day on Maui? Here are 5 great things to do beyond the beach," 24 Apr. 2018 There are also small fish like permits and jack crevalles, a loggerhead turtle named Blue and a roughtail stingray named Ray Charles — both female. Washington Post, "Sandy-ravaged aquarium opens splashy new shark exhibit," 26 June 2018 Visitors can touch and feed sharks, otters, tortoises, birds and other exotic animals, and snorkel with stingrays and reef sharks. Doreen Christensen,, "Broward to get SeaQuest interactive aquarium at Galleria in Fort Lauderdale," 6 June 2018 This soft robotic stingray is made of rat heart muscle. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "This Swimming Stingray Robot Is Powered by Real, Living Rat Cells," 7 July 2016 Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding Learn about behaviors of native fish, stingrays, and other marine life during free daily presentations. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Cownose stingrays may get two to three feet when grown. The Kansas City Zoo, kansascity, "New Stingray Bay Touch Tank Exhibit Now Open at KC Zoo (Sponsored)," 27 June 2018 Now, in addition to learning about sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, jellyfish and more, a trip through the Caribbean Journey showcases flamingos, tropical birds, two sloths, a green iguana and a variety of sea creatures. San Antonio Express-News, "Your best bets for attractions all around Texas," 12 June 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 \

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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