Melipona

noun Me·lip·o·na \mə̇ˈlipənə\

Definition of Melipona

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

meliponine

\-pəˌnīn\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of melipona

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


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