Dictionary

phasmid

noun phas·mid \ˈfaz-məd\

Definition of PHASMID

:  any of an order (Phasmatodea syn. Phasmida) of large cylindrical or sometimes flattened chiefly tropical insects (as a walking stick) that have long legs, strictly phytophagous habits, and incomplete metamorphosis and that include forms resembling leaves or twigs
phasmid adjective
ADVERTISEMENT

Origin of PHASMID

New Latin Phasmida, group name, from Phasma, type genus, from Greek, apparition, from phainein to show — more at fancy
First Known Use: 1872

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: PhasmidaePrevious Word in the Dictionary: PhasmatodeaAll Words Near: phasmid
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears