One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A cinnamon-brown stingray occurring on sand flats in shallow Australian waters.
- ‘This site is shallow but very interesting with many stingarees, globefish, flathead, velvetfish and salmon.’
- ‘Once sexually mature, stingarees have only one litter per year, usually bearing two to four young.’
- ‘Once the trail turns south towards the opposite side of the entry point, you'll pass over the sandy channel that always has small stingarees and flathead lying on it.’
- ‘At least six species of stingarees are known to live along the New South Wales coast.’
- ‘In addition to this defensive poisonous sting, most stingarees have cryptic coloration, which acts as camouflage in the sandy or rocky bottom of their habitat.’
- 1.1Australian, US, NZ informal Any stingray.
- ‘The sloop smack S.R. Packer arrived at New-London, Conn., Thursday from Montauk and brought the skeleton of a 200-pound stingaree, which he harpooned off the Block Island breakwater.’
Mid 19th century: alteration of stingray.
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