[AS.] The sharp point with which bees, wasps, etc., defend themselves. The sting of a female bee is a dart with barbs at the end of the abdomen connected with a poison gland; and the sting is sometimes used in different bees for boring, cutting, and sawing holes in which to place the eggs. Male bees have no stings, and are harmless. When the bee leaves the sting in the wound it dies. The wasp saves her sting after inflicting a wound. The sting-ray has one or more large sharp barbed dorsal spines on its whip-like tail. The stings of nettles are hairs with a poisonous secretion.