Noun Aculeus Definition and Examples


Noun:

Aculeus

Pronunciation:

/əˈkjuːlɪəs/

Definition:
1.

noun

Botany. A sharply pointed projection on a plant, such as a thorn or a spine; especially one growing directly from the epidermis or forming an extension of it.
    Zoology. The sting of an insect or other animal.
      ((n.) A prickle growing on the bark, as in some brambles and roses.|--|(n.) A sting.|--|)


      Origin:
      Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin acūleus sting, spine, thorn, barb, spike, prick, pang from acus needle + -leus, suffix forming diminutives.

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