gas·ter | \ ˈga-stər \

Definition of gaster 

: the enlarged part of the abdomen behind the pedicel in hymenopterous insects (such as ants)

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The winter ants also store their food reserves in their gasters, or rear ends, which gives them a pretty spectacular silhouette. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Books / Science Beneath Chicago lies an entire second city of ants," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gaster

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaster

Greek gastēr

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