Also, acus. the modified ovipositor or sting of certain hymenopterous insects.
a prickle or spine, such as the thorn of a rose
a sting or ovipositor
keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters. Contemporary Examples She serves on the boards of the Sundance Institute, acumen Fund, VDAY, and Human Rights Watch. 2012 Summit: Who’s On Stage March 5, 2012 I have known him for 20 years and admire his audacity, acumen, and vision. Q and A with Tina Brown The […]
keen insight; shrewdness: remarkable acumen in business matters. noun the ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight n. 1530s, from Latin acumen “a point, sting,” hence “mental sharpness, shrewdness,” from acuere “to sharpen” (see acuity).
Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point. to make sharp or keen. Historical Examples Pinnæ lanceolate, acuminate, the lowest pair deflexed and standing forward; cut into oblong, obtuse segments. The Fern Lover’s Companion George Henry Tilton Anterior surface of cell studded with minute acuminate papillae; posterior surface smooth, sometimes spotted. Narrative Of The Voyage Of […]
Botany, Zoology. pointed; tapering to a point. to make sharp or keen. Historical Examples The lesions begin as pin-head, waxy-looking, rounded or acuminated elevations, gradually attaining the size of small peas. Essentials of Diseases of the Skin Henry Weightman Stelwagon Spire slightly produced, acuminated; the whorls with a central indented line. Zoological Illustrations, Volume I […]