aculeate

adjective
acu·le·ate | \ə-ˈkyü-lē-ət \

Definition of aculeate 

: relating to or being hymenopterans (such as bees, ants, and many wasps) of a division (Aculeata) typically having the ovipositor modified into a stinger

First Known Use of aculeate

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aculeate

after New Latin Aculeata, division of the insect order Hymenoptera, going back to Latin, neuter plural of aculeātus "having stingers or spines, stinging," from aculeus "stinger, spine (of a fish), sharp point, barb" (from acū-, stem of acus "needle" + -leus, noun suffix, perhaps originally diminutive) + -ātus -ate entry 3

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aculeate

adjective
acu·le·ate | \ə-ˈkyü-lē-ət \

Medical Definition of aculeate 

: having a sting aculeate insects

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