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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Experts say the younger sharks, in the six- to seven-foot range, are docile youngsters simply looking for warm water and food such as stingrays. Laylan Connelly, The Mercury News, "Video: Southern California surfers unaware of nearby great whites," 23 Aug. 2019 At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas next week, a group of network communication security researchers will present findings on flaws in the 5G protections meant to thwart the surveillance devices known as stingrays. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance," 3 Aug. 2019 The beloved wildlife expert was working on the documentary series Ocean’s Deadliest when he was attacked by a stingray off the coast of northern Australia and died on Sept. 4, 2006. Joelle Goldstein,, "Bindi Irwin Says She Wishes Late Dad Steve 'Was Here Right Now' as Fires Ravage Australia," 8 Jan. 2020 Reports included a shark biting a guest and a stingray barb getting stuck in someone’s hand. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Aquarium worker found not guilty of animal cruelty in case of an injured sloth," 2 Oct. 2019 Spinner dolphins greet tourists in the morning; lemon sharks dive around them during the day, stingrays gather at their feet at dusk. Washington Post, "This Brazilian island wants to show the way to a green future. Businesses, backed by Bolsonaro, see the next Cozumel.," 29 Sep. 2019 The experts at MarAlliance then surprised everyone with a stop at the local Caye Caulker Shark Ray Alley where everyone got the rare opportunity to swim with southern stingrays and nurse sharks. National Geographic, "Ocean Activities," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of stingray

1624, in the meaning defined above

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“Stingray.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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