[ gas-ter ]

  1. (in ants, bees, wasps, and other hymenopterous insects) the part of the abdomen behind the petiole.

Origin of gaster

First recorded in 1905–10, gaster is from the Greek word gastḗr paunch, belly

Words Nearby gaster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gaster in a sentence

  • Henriette had been to a bridge afternoon at Mrs. gaster's and upon her return manifested an extraordinary degree of excitement.

    Mrs. Raffles | John Kendrick Bangs
  • The first big coup after my arrival, as the result of her genius, was in the affair of Mrs. gaster's maid.

    Mrs. Raffles | John Kendrick Bangs
  • It took me a week to get at the iron-master; but finally, thanks to Mrs. gaster's letter of introduction, I succeeded.

    Mrs. Raffles | John Kendrick Bangs
  • But among them was a gaster who was calmer than the swearer, and more prudent and conciliating than those he swore against.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems | Walter Savage Landor
  • Insurrection borders on mind, riot on the stomach; gaster grows irritated; but gaster, assuredly, is not always in the wrong.

    Les Misrables | Victor Hugo