Definitions

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

  • noun The portion of the abdomen behind the petiole in ants and other hymenopterous insects.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The stomach; the belly or abdomen: rarely used alone, but entering into many compounds and derivatives referring to the stomach, abdomen, or abdominal organs, or a part likened thereto.
  • To frighten; scare.
  • noun In certain hymenopterous insects, such as ants (Formicidæ), the abdomen exclusive of the stem, or pedicel.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To gast.

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

  • noun the stomach
  • noun the part of the abdomen behind the petiole in hymenopterous insects

Etymologies

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

[Greek gastēr, belly.]

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Latin gaster, Ancient Greek γαστήρ (gastêr)

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