Melipona

noun
Me·​lip·​o·​na | \ mə̇ˈlipənə \

Definition of Melipona

: a genus of honeybees of tropical America that comprises small bees with a vestigial but functionless sting — compare stingless bee

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Other Words from Melipona

meliponine \ -​pəˌnīn \ adjective

History and Etymology for Melipona

New Latin, from meli- + -pona (from Greek ponein to toil)

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“Melipona.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Melipona. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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