aculea

noun acu·lea \ə-ˈkyü-lē-ə\

Definition of aculea

plural

aculeae

\ə-ˈkyü-lē-ˌē\
  1. :  a minute spinous outgrowth on the wing membrane of certain insects

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Origin and Etymology of aculea

borrowed from New Latin, feminine derivative of Latin aculeus “stinger, spine” — more at aculeus


First Known Use: 1925


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