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  1. 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.
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Origin of stingray

First recorded in 1605–15; sting + ray2
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Examples from the Web for stingray

Historical Examples

  • “It must be what they call a stingaree or stingray,” Jack went on.

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    Louis Arundel

  • In June he was bitten by a stingray fish while he was spearing it.

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  • Russell's services to Smith deserved note because the Captain was expected to die from the stingray wound.

  • The stingray is another native of these seas, the meat of which is much esteemed by the Creoles.

British Dictionary definitions for stingray


  1. 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).

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