Mi·​as·​tor | \ mīˈastə(r) \

Definition of Miastor

: 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

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History and Etymology for Miastor

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 21 Sep. 2020.

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