- Biology. having or being any sharp-pointed structure.
- having a slender ovipositor or sting, as the hymenopterous insects.
- pointed; stinging.
Origin of aculeate
Related Words for aculeatepenetrating, harsh, incisive, caustic, poignant, biting, sharp, mordant, bitter, scathing, burning, acrimonious, piquant, sarcastic, aculeate
Examples from the Web for aculeate
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for aculeate
- Covered with sharp spines; pointed.