plural noun Me·tab·o·la \mə̇ˈtabələ\

Definition of Metabola

in some classifications

  1. :  a division of Insecta comprising insects that undergo a metamorphosis

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Origin and Etymology of metabola

New Latin, from neuter plural of Greek metabolos changeable, from metaballein to change, from meta- + ballein to throw — more at devil

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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