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 The Crocodile Hunter, died in 2006 following an incident with an eight-foot wide stingray. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 27 July 2022 Now, familiarize yourself with the new record-holder in the largest freshwater fish category: a giant stingray that measures about 13 feet long and weighs 660 pounds. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 June 2022 It has been long believed that stingrays are silent predators, but a new paper provides the first evidence of not one but two species of stingray actively producing sounds! Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Last month, a group of local fishermen caught a 400-pound female stingray in the same stretch, writes Mongabay’s Carolyn Cowan. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2022 The giant stingray measured 13 feet and weighed almost 660 pounds, according to an AP report. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Hogan says giant stingray populations have declined in other regions of southeast Asia more heavily impacted by pollution, dams, and overfishing. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 22 June 2022 The stingray was snagged by a local fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeastern Cambodia. Jerry Harmer, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 The world’s largest freshwater fish, a 13-foot-long, 661-pound stingray, has been discovered in the Mekong River in Cambodia. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stingray

1624, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Stingray.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stingray. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for stingray

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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