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aculeate

Syllabification: a·cu·le·ate
Pronunciation: /əˈkyo͞olēət, -ˌāt
 
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Definition of aculeate in English:

adjective

1 Entomology (Of an insect) having a sting.
Example sentences
  • Almost all adult aculeate wasps and bees drink nectar for their own nourishment and are therefore flower visitors and worthy of consideration as potential pollinators.
  • Phylogenetic relationships between six wasp and bee species, Apis mellifera, and several other similar aculeate Hymenoptera were determined.
2 Entomology Sharply pointed; prickly.
Example sentences
  • The fruit of this plant are globose and aculeate.

noun

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A stinging insect of a group that includes the bees, wasps, and ants.
  • Section Aculeata, suborder Apocrita, order Hymenoptera
Example sentences
  • Larval kleptoparasites of solitary aculeates are also found in the Bombyliidae and Chloropidae.
  • For many aculeates this involves the availability of bare ground, usually sandy, sometimes firm, sometimes loose and in various aspects ranging from flat ground to vertical banks and cliffs.
  • After all the years, I'm still keen to watch butterflies and moths, and more recently to collect aculeates.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin aculeatus, from aculeus 'a sting', diminutive of acus 'needle'.

Words that rhyme with aculeate

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