plural noun Acu·le·a·ta \ə-ˌkyü-lē-ˈä-tə, -ˈā-tə\

Definition of Aculeata

  1. :  a division of Hymenoptera including the bees, ants, and true wasps all characteristically having the ovipositor modified into a stinger

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Origin and Etymology of aculeata

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Latin, neuter plural of aculeātus “having stingers or spines, stinging,” from aculeus “stinger” + -ātus 3-ate — more at aculeus

First Known Use: 1831

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