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 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 Bindi Irwin was 8 years old in 2006 when her father, crocodile hunter and wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin, was killed by a stingray during a television shoot. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Bindi Irwin says yes to the dress," 30 Sep. 2019 In Shark Bay off the west coast of Australia, female dolphins hold sponges in their mouths to protect their beaks from urchins, stingrays and sharp objects while fishing in rocky areas, writes The Atlantic’s Megan Garber. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Watch Dolphins Punt, Thrash and Trap Their Prey," 14 Nov. 2019 Snorkeling with stingrays, exploring shallow sandbars and long walks on an award-winning beach: Grand Cayman offers a plethora of adventures for visitors. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "5 things first-timers should do in Grand Cayman, from snorkeling with stingrays to bioluminescent kayaking," 9 July 2019 The rays died not long afterward — 34 of the aquarium’s 42 cownose stingrays. Alejandro Serrano,, "More than 30 stingrays died at the Shedd Aquarium over the winter, and officials still don’t know why," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stingray

1624, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2020

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“Stingray.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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