from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sting-ray; any member of the family Trygonidæ; any ray with a long, slender, flexible tail like a whip-lash, as a member of the Myliobatidæ. See cuts under sting-ray and Trygon.
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The whip-ray had darted away at high speed as soon as the iron touched him, but before the line which was coiled in the harpoon tub had run out, Ned had seized the tub, which was floating near him when he came to the surface.
Dick was so busy watching the chase and so earnest in his sympathy with the frightened, fleeing whip-ray that he quite forgot his duties.
As Billy watched the graceful swaying of the body of the whip-ray under the impulse of its wings, a wandering shark came upon it.
But once while Dick was sculling and looking for sponges he saw gliding beneath the dingy, a whip-ray, the most beautiful member of the ray family.
From the deep water that flowed past the point on which they were encamped came the occasional snort of a dolphin, the crash of a whip-ray as he struck the water after a leap high in the air, and the splashing of fish as they pursued others or were pursued by them.
a canoe, he would probably have caught the whip-ray, but the drag of the boy in the water was too much for the hold the iron had in the body of the creature, and the harpoon tore out.
Suppose we get out the little harpoon and pick up some drum-fish, channel-bass or a whip-ray? "