The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sting \Sting\, n. [AS. sting a sting. See Sting, v. t.]
1. (Zool.) 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
mortal sting." --Shak.
5. A goad; incitement. --Shak.
6. The point of an epigram or other sarcastic saying.
Sting moth (Zool.), an Australian moth (Doratifera
vulnerans) whose larva is armed, at each end of the body,
with four tubercles bearing powerful stinging organs.
Sting ray. (Zool.) See under 6th Ray.
Sting winkle (Zool.), a spinose marine univalve shell of
the genus Murex, as the European species (Murex
erinaceus). See Illust. of Murex.