Definition of Phasmatodea
: a suborder of Orthoptera often considered a separate order, comprising large, cylindrical or sometimes flattened, chiefly tropical insects with long strong legs, strictly phytophagous habits, and very slight metamorphosis and including the stick insects and leaf insects
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Origin and Etymology of phasmatodea
New Latin, from Phasmat-, Phasma + -odea
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