: a genus of flies (family Cecidomyiidae) that are remarkable for their parthenogenetic and paedogenetic reproduction by which the larva on hatching from the egg develops internally a brood of similar larvae that on escaping may repeat the process for several generations before pupation and development of mature individuals

Word History


New Latin, from Greek miastōr one that defiles; akin to Greek miainein to defile

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“Miastor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Miastor. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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