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phasmid

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noun phas·mid \ˈfaz-məd\

Definition of phasmid

  1. :  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


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phasmid

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noun phas·mid \ˈfas-mid\

Medical Definition of phasmid

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




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