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

Definition of Aculeata

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

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First Known Use of Aculeata

1831, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aculeata

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

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“Aculeata.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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