poecilocyttarous

adjective

poe·​ci·​lo·​cyt·​ta·​rous
¦pēsəlō¦sitərəs
: of, relating to, or being a type of nest of some social wasps (family Vespidae) in which the layers of brood comb are supported by the outer covering and a central support (as the limb of a tree) compare phragmocyttarous

Word History

Etymology

poecil- + Greek kyttaros cell of a honeycomb + English -ous

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“Poecilocyttarous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poecilocyttarous. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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