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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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 Scuba dive here and expect dozens of species of fish, sharks, stingrays, coral, and more. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 The wildlife documentary maker was fatally attacked by a stingray while working on an underwater film called Ocean’s Deadliest. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Bindi Irwin Reflects on Life Without Dad Steve: 'It’s Like Losing a Part of Your Heart'," 27 Dec. 2018 In a shocking scientific development, an eleven-year old stingray has given birth to a healthy offspring, despite having had no male contact in over nine years. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "VIRGIN BIRTH! Stingray gives birth to 'Darth Vader' after cloning herself in scientific phenomenon," 30 Aug. 2018 Upon motoring up to a private shore, his loyal friend — a stingray nicknamed Georgette — swam up to greet us. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Vacation Like the Royal Family in the Bahamas," 30 Aug. 2018 Orcas have the most varied diet of any whale, dolphin or porpoise, and can take on prey of all types, from stingrays to salmon, depending on the type of orca. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "What you need to know about the critically endangered southern resident killer whales," 25 Sep. 2018

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1624, in the meaning defined above

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stingray

noun

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

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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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