stingray

[sting-rey]
noun
  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.

Origin of stingray

First recorded in 1605–15; sting + ray2
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stingray

noun
  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
n.

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

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