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Definition: Sting ray
, n. [F. raie, L. raia. Cf. Roach
(a) Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order
Rai[ae], including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
(b) In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat,
narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See
, a yellow-spotted, long-tailed eagle ray
) of the Southern United States
and the West Indies.
, a short-tailed American sting ray
), having very broad pectoral fins.
. See Sea Devil
, any large ray of the family Myliobatid[ae]
. The common European species
) is called also whip ray
, or Cramp ray
, a torpedo.
, a common European skate (Raia radiata
, any one of numerous species of rays of the
having one or more large, sharp,
barbed dorsal spines on the whiplike tail. Called also
, n. [AS. sting a sting. See Sting
, v. t.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any sharp organ of offense and defense,
especially when connected with a poison gland, and adapted
to inflict a wound by piercing; as the caudal sting of a
scorpion. The sting of a bee or wasp is a modified
ovipositor. The caudal sting, or spine, of a sting ray is
a modified dorsal fin ray. The term is sometimes applied
to the fang of a serpent. See Illust. of Scorpion
2. (Bot.) A sharp-pointed hollow hair seated on a gland which
secrets an acrid fluid, as in nettles. The points of these
hairs usually break off in the wound, and the acrid fluid
is pressed into it.
3. Anything that gives acute pain, bodily or mental; as, the
stings of remorse; the stings of reproach.
The sting of death is sin. --1 Cor. xv.
4. The thrust of a sting into the flesh; the act of stinging;
a wound inflicted by stinging. “The lurking serpent's
5. A goad; incitement. --Shak.
6. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
(Zo["o]l.), an Australian moth (Doratifera vulnerans
) whose larva is armed, at each end of the body,
with four tubercles bearing powerful stinging organs.
. (Zo["o]l.) See under 6th Ray
(Zo["o]l.), a spinose marine univalve shell of
the genus Murex, as the European species (Murex erinaceus
). See Illust. of Murex
Sting ray \Sting ray\
or Stingray \Sting"ray`\
Any one of numerous rays of the family Dasyatid[ae]
, having one or more large sharp barbed dorsal
spines, on the whiplike tail, capable of inflicting severe
wounds. Some species reach a large size, and some, esp., on
the American Pacific coast, are very destructive to oysters.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]