Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Zoology Having a stinger, as a bee or wasp.
  • adjective Botany Having sharp prickles.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make pointed; sharpen.
  • In zoology, furnished with a sting; pertaining to or characteristic of the Aculeata.
  • In botany, furnished with aculei or sharp prickles; aculeous.
  • Figuratively, pointed; stinging.
  • noun A hymenopterous insect, one of the Aculeata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having a sting; covered with prickles; sharp like a prickle.
  • adjective (Bot.) Having prickles, or sharp points; beset with prickles.
  • adjective rare Severe or stinging; incisive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having a sting; sharp like a prickle.
  • adjective Having prickles or sharp points.
  • adjective entomology Having a stinger; stinging.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having or resembling a stinger or barb

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin acūleātus, from acūleus, sting, diminutive of acus, needle; see acumen.]

Examples

  • The evolutionary origin and elaboration of sociality in the aculeate Hymenoptera: Maternal effects, sib-social effects, and heterochrony.

    SuperCooperators

  • He points out that all of the branches or groups technically called clades known to have primitively eusocial species—aculeate wasps, halictine and xylocopine bees, sponge-nesting shrimp, termopsid termites, colonial aphids and thrips, ambrosia beetles, and naked mole rats—rely on colonies that build and occupy defensible nests.

    SuperCooperators

  • Dispersed in the grasslands are trees of Crecentia cujete, Ceiba pentandra, Lecythis minor, Ochroma pyramidale, Prosopis juliflora, Cavanillesia platanifolia and palms trees of Sabal mauritiiformis, Acrocomia aculeate, Attalea butyracea and several Bactris spp.

    Sinú Valley dry forests

  • Of these plants, 5 out of 6 species globally threatened are not found in Nanda Devi National Park or elsewhere in Uttaranchal: Aconitum falconeri, A. balfouri, Himalayan maple Acer caesium, the blue Himalayan poppy Mecanopsis aculeate and Saussurea atkinsoni. 31 species are classified as nationally rare.

    Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park, India

  • The fauna of the Succulent Karoo has a rich complement of endemics, especially among the arachnids, hopliniid beetles, aculeate Hymenoptera, and reptiles.

    Succulent Karoo

  • The one, of extreme bitterness of words, especially if they be aculeate and proper; for cummunia maledicta are nothing so much; and again, that in anger a man reveal no secrets; for that, makes him not fit for society.

    The Essays

  • Some polychaetes such as the sea mouse Aphrodite aculeate also bear a ventral muscular, creeping sole; myzostomids have a circular body with fused parapodia, which also forms a ventral foot like structure.

    Down with phyla! (episode II) - The Panda's Thumb

  • The various other families of aculeate _Hymenoptera_ are doubtless more abundant than the species recorded indicate, and it may be safely reckoned that the parasitic _Hymenoptera_ in Ceylon far exceed one thousand species in number, though they are yet only known by means of about two dozen kinds collected at Kandy by Mr. Thwaites.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • The various other families of aculeate _Hymenoptera_ are doubtless more abundant than the species recorded indicate, and it may be safely reckoned that the parasitic _Hymenoptera_ in Ceylon far exceed one thousand species in number, though they are yet only known by means of about two dozen kinds collected at Kandy by Mr. Thwaites.

    Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • His defection aggrieved her so bitterly, that the fiercest of her wrath turned upon him; and after a wrangle wherein all the parties concerned had made liberal use of those "aculeate and proper" words against which the wary Bacon warns his quarrelling readers, she flounced away into the darkness of the small hours of the stormy December morning, loudly avowing her determination never to see a sight of the ugly, dirty, mane-spirited poltroon, or open her lips to him as long as she had an eye or a tongue in her head.

    Strangers at Lisconnel

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  • When hedgehogs have a heavy date

    They'll yelp and shrilly ululate.

    Their poignant cries

    Are no surprise

    For passion pains the aculeate.

    July 25, 2015