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[gas-ter] /ˈgæs tər/
(in ants, bees, wasps, and other hymenopterous insects) the part of the abdomen behind the petiole.
Origin of gaster
1905-10; < Greek gastḗr paunch, belly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gastromycetes is from two Greek words: gaster, stomach; mycetes, fungus.

  • The Thurgovians followed them; and next the people of gaster.

  • The first big coup after my arrival, as the result of her genius, was in the affair of Mrs. gaster's maid.

    Mrs. Raffles John Kendrick Bangs
  • And a similar origin for gaster's text is now thought far from unlikely.

    The Three Additions to Daniel, A Study William Heaford Daubney
  • Suppose Mrs. gaster asks for further information about Mayor Higginbotham?

    Mrs. Raffles John Kendrick Bangs
  • Henriette had been to a bridge afternoon at Mrs. gaster's and upon her return manifested an extraordinary degree of excitement.

    Mrs. Raffles John Kendrick Bangs
  • It took me a week to get at the iron-master; but finally, thanks to Mrs. gaster's letter of introduction, I succeeded.

    Mrs. Raffles John Kendrick Bangs
  • But among them was a gaster who was calmer than the swearer, and more prudent and conciliating than those he swore against.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • I couldn't, madam,' she said when Mrs. gaster asked her to stay.

    Mrs. Raffles John Kendrick Bangs
  • Insurrection borders on mind, riot on the stomach; gaster grows irritated; but gaster, assuredly, is not always in the wrong.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
gaster in Medicine

gaster gas·ter (gās'tər)
The stomach.

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