aculeus


aculeus
n.; pl. -lei [L. dim. acus, needle]
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
1. In Hymenoptera, an ovipositor in the form of a sting.
2. In Diptera, a sharp spine projected from the margin of the eighth sternite of Tipulidae.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • Aculeus — A*cu le*us, n.; pl. {Aculei}. [L., dim. of acus needle.] 1. (Bot.) A prickle growing on the bark, as in some brambles and roses. Lindley. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A sting. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aculěus — (lat.), Stachel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Aculĕus — (lat.), Stachel (s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Aculeus — Aculĕus (lat.), in der Botanik der Stachel im Gegensatz zum Dorn …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • aculeus — [ə kyo͞o′lē əs] n. pl. aculei [ə kyo͞o′lēī΄] [L, dim. of acus, needle: see ACEROSE1] 1. Bot. a prickle 2. Zool. a sting …   English World dictionary

  • aculeus — /euh kyooh lee euhs/ n., pl. aculei / lee uy /. 1. Also, acus. the modified ovipositor or sting of certain hymenopterous insects. 2. prickle (def. 2). [1820 30; < L: sting, barb, equiv. to acu(s) needle + leus n. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • aculeus — noun a) A prickle growing on the bark, as in some brambles and roses. b) A sting …   Wiktionary

  • aculeus — acu·le·us …   English syllables

  • aculeus — /əˈkjuliəs/ (say uh kyoohleeuhs) noun 1. a prickle or thorn, especially one growing from the stem of a rose tree. 2. an ovipositor or sting. {Latin, diminutive of acus needle} …   Australian English dictionary

  • aculeus — noun 1. a stiff sharp pointed plant process • Hypernyms: ↑plant process, ↑enation • Hyponyms: ↑spine, ↑thorn, ↑prickle, ↑pricker, ↑sticker, ↑spikelet …   Useful english dictionary

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