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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyoo-lee-it, -eyt or uh-kyoo-lee-ey-tid]
    • /əˈkyu li ɪt, -ˌeɪt or əˈkyu liˌeɪ tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kyoo-lee-it, -eyt or uh-kyoo-lee-ey-tid]
    • /əˈkyu li ɪt, -ˌeɪt or əˈkyu liˌeɪ tɪd/

Definitions of aculeate word

  • adjective aculeate cutting; pointed 3
  • adjective aculeate having prickles or spines, as a rose 3
  • adjective aculeate having a sting, as bees, wasps, and ants 3
  • adjective aculeate having an aculeus or aculei 3
  • adjective aculeate Biology. having or being any sharp-pointed structure. 1
  • adjective aculeate having a slender ovipositor or sting, as the hymenopterous insects. 1

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Origin of aculeate

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
From the Latin word acūleātus, dating back to 1595-1605. See aculeus, -ate1

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Parts of speech for Aculeate


aculeate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for aculeate

adj aculeate

  • penetrating — able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp: a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance.
  • harsh — ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect: harsh treatment; harsh manners.
  • incisive — penetrating; cutting; biting; trenchant: an incisive tone of voice.
  • caustic — Caustic chemical substances are very powerful and can dissolve other substances.
  • poignant — keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret.

adjective aculeate

  • painful — affected with, causing, or characterized by pain: a painful wound; a painful night; a painful memory.

Antonyms for aculeate

adj aculeate

  • stupid — lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
  • unintelligent — deficient in intelligence; dull; stupid.
  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • soothing — that soothes: a soothing voice.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.

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