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aculeate

or a·cu·le·at·ed

[ uh-kyoo-lee-it, -eyt or uh-kyoo-lee-ey-tid ]
/ əˈkyu li ɪt, -ˌeɪt or əˈkyu liˌeɪ tɪd /
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adjective

Biology. having or being any sharp-pointed structure.
having a slender ovipositor or sting, as the hymenopterous insects.
pointed; stinging.

RELATED WORDS

penetrating, harsh, incisive, caustic, poignant, biting, sharp, mordant, bitter, scathing, burning, acrimonious, piquant, sarcastic

Nearby words

actuator, actus reus, acuate, acuff, acuity, aculeate, aculeus, acumen, acuminate, acupoint, acupressure

Origin of aculeate

From the Latin word acūleātus, dating back to 1595–1605. See aculeus, -ate1
Related formsnon·a·cu·le·ate, adjectivenon·a·cu·le·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aculeate

aculeate

aculeated

/ (əˈkjuːlɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /

adjective

cutting; pointed
having prickles or spines, as a rose
having a sting, as bees, wasps, and ants

Word Origin for aculeate

C17: from Latin acūleātus; see aculeus
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Medicine definitions for aculeate

aculeate

[ ə-kyōōlē-ĭt, -āt′ ]

adj.

Covered with sharp spines; pointed.
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