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 (ə-kyo͞o′lē-ĭt, -āt′)
1. Zoology Having a stinger, as a bee or wasp.
2. Botany Having sharp prickles.

[Latin acūleātus, from acūleus, sting, diminutive of acus, needle; see acumen.]
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(əˈkjuːlɪɪt; -ˌeɪt) or


1. cutting; pointed
2. (Botany) having prickles or spines, as a rose
3. (Zoology) having a sting, as bees, wasps, and ants
[C17: from Latin acūleātus; see aculeus]
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(əˈkyu li ɪt, -ˌeɪt)

also a•cu′le•at`ed,

having a slender ovipositor or sting, as the hymenopterous insects.
[1595–1605; < Latin acūleātus <acūle(us) sting, barb (acu(s) needle)]
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Adj.1.aculeate - having or resembling a stinger or barbaculeate - having or resembling a stinger or barb; "aculeate insects such as bees and wasps"
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