acu·​lea | \ ə-ˈkyü-lē-ə \
plural aculeae\ ə-​ˈkyü-​lē-​ˌē \

Definition of aculea

: a minute spinous outgrowth on the wing membrane of certain insects

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First Known Use of aculea

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aculea

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

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“Aculea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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