poe·​ci·​lo·​cyt·​ta·​rous | \ ¦pēsəlō¦sitərəs \

Definition of poecilocyttarous

: 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

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History and Etymology for poecilocyttarous

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

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“Poecilocyttarous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poecilocyttarous. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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