plural noun
Ame·​tab·​o·​la | \ ˌāməˈtabələ \

Definition of Ametabola

: a group of insects that includes certain primitive orders (as Thysanura) that undergo an inconspicuous metamorphosis

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Other Words from Ametabola

ametabolian \ ¦āˌmetəbōlēən \ adjective

First Known Use of Ametabola

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ametabola

New Latin, from Greek ametabolos unchanged

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“Ametabola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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