[uh-kyoo-lee-it, -eyt or uh-kyoo-lee-ey-tid]
- Biology. having or being any sharp-pointed structure.
- having a slender ovipositor or sting, as the hymenopterous insects.
- pointed; stinging.
Origin of aculeate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for aculeate
The aculeate wasps of New Caledonia, with natural history notes.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
This is also the case in the Aculeate Hymenoptera when the reproductive organs have been 735 destroyed by the parasite Stylops.
May be regarded as an aculeate variety of Archidiscus polythalamus.
This has been found to be the case in insects so widely different as Orthoptera and Aculeate Hymenoptera.
- cutting; pointed
- having prickles or spines, as a rose
- having a sting, as bees, wasps, and ants
C17: from Latin acūleātus; see aculeus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- Covered with sharp spines; pointed.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.