phasmid


phas·mid

noun \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

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

phas·mid

noun \ˈfas-mid\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PHASMID

: either of the paired lateral postanal organs characteristic of most parasitic nematodes and usually regarded as chemoreceptors—see phasmidia

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