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[sting-rey] /ˈstɪŋˌreɪ/
any of the rays, especially of the family Dasyatidae, having a long, flexible tail armed near the base with a strong, serrated bony spine with which they can inflict painful wounds.
Origin of stingray
1605-15; sting + ray2 Unabridged
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  • To prevent detection by suspects, the stingray sends the data to a real tower so that traffic continues to flow.
  • The stingray's tail features a poisonous barb, which is used only in self-defense.
  • The blue-spotted stingray has sharp barbs on its tail.
  • It was killed within hours of its birth by a stingray in the same tank.
  • The fish are also harmless and do not possess the poisonous barb found in some of their cousins, including some stingray species.
  • Events can include the stingray touch pool, penguin and stingray feeding and sea otter training.
  • The stingray lagoon lets visitors feed and touch the animals under the guidance of an animal-care expert.
  • From the splendorous coral reefs teeming with colorful reef denizens and fascinating stingray.
  • Other displays include a fishing tackle collection and a stingray touch tank.
  • Daily programs include a stingray program and feeding, game fish feeding and a summer camp.
British Dictionary definitions for stingray


any ray of the family Dasyatidae, having a whiplike tail bearing a serrated venomous spine capable of inflicting painful weals on man
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Word Origin and History for stingray

1620s, from sting + ray (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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