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aculeate

[ uh-kyoo-lee-it, -eyt ]
/ əˈkyu li ɪt, -ˌeɪt /
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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.
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Also a·cu·le·at·ed [uh-kyoo-lee-ey-tid] /əˈkyu liˌeɪ tɪd/ .

Origin of aculeate

From the Latin word acūleātus, dating back to 1595–1605. See aculeus, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM aculeate

non·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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Medical definitions for aculeate

aculeate
[ ə-kyōōlē-ĭt, -āt′ ]

adj.
Covered with sharp spines; pointed.
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