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aculeate

[uh-kyoo-lee-it, -eyt] /əˈkyu li ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
Biology. having or being any sharp-pointed structure.
2.
having a slender ovipositor or sting, as the hymenopterous insects.
3.
pointed; stinging.
Also, aculeated.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin acūleātus. See aculeus, -ate1
Related forms
nonaculeate, adjective
nonaculeated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aculeate

aculeate

/əˈkjuːlɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
cutting; pointed
2.
having prickles or spines, as a rose
3.
having a sting, as bees, wasps, and ants
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acūleātus; see aculeus
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aculeate in Medicine

aculeate a·cu·le·ate (ə-kyōō'lē-ĭt, -āt')
adj.
Covered with sharp spines; pointed.

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