stingray

[ sting-rey ]
/ ˈstɪŋˌreɪ /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. stinging hair,
  2. stinging nettle,
  3. stinging tree,
  4. stingless bee,
  5. stingo,
  6. stingy,
  7. stink,
  8. stink ball,
  9. stink bomb,
  10. stink bug

Origin of stingray

First recorded in 1605–15; sting + ray2

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British Dictionary definitions for stingray

stingray

/ (ˈstɪŋˌreɪ) /

noun

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

stingray

n.

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

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