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

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, feminine derivative of Latin aculeus "stinger, spine"

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aculea was in 1925

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“Aculea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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