or a·cu·le·at·ed

[uh-kyoo-lee-it, -eyt or uh-kyoo-lee-ey-tid]
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  1. Biology. having or being any sharp-pointed structure.
  2. having a slender ovipositor or sting, as the hymenopterous insects.
  3. pointed; stinging.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for aculeate

C17: from Latin acūleātus; see aculeus
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aculeate in Medicine


[ə-kyōōlē-ĭt, -āt′]
  1. Covered with sharp spines; pointed.
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