stingray

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Ocellate river stingray (Potamotrygon motoro)

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sting +‎ ray

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stingray (plural stingrays)

  1. Any of various large, venomous rays, of the orders Rajiformes and Myliobatiformes, having a barbed, whiplike tail.
    Synonym: stingaree
  2. (US law enforcement) A device that simulates a cell tower, used to intercept cell phone communications.
    Synonym: IMSI catcher
    • 2014, Catherine Nolan, Ashley M. Wilson, JD, The Audacity to Spy: How Government, Business, and Hackers Rob Us of Privacy, Technics Publications (→ISBN), page 74:
      The device mimics a cell phone tower and gets the phone to connect to it. [] Once a signal is found, the stingray measures its strength and can provide a general location on the map.

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