plural noun

: a suborder of Hymenoptera including the ants, typical wasps, and bees, all having a legless grub as larva and a constricted second abdominal segment that forms a narrow waist or petiole compare chalastrogastra

Word History


New Latin, from cleist- + -gastra (from Greek gastr-, gastēr belly)

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“Clistogastra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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