- 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
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Examples from the Web for stingray
“It must be what they call a stingaree or stingray,” Jack went on.Motor Boat Boys Among the Florida Keys
In June he was bitten by a stingray fish while he was spearing it.The Pocahontas-John Smith Story
Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
Russell's services to Smith deserved note because the Captain was expected to die from the stingray wound.Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699
Thomas P. Hughes
The stingray is another native of these seas, the meat of which is much esteemed by the Creoles.
- any ray of the family Dasyatidae, having a whiplike tail bearing a serrated venomous spine capable of inflicting painful weals on man
Word Origin and History for stingray
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