plural noun
Phas·​ma·​to·​dea | \ ˌfazməˈtōdēə \

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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History and Etymology for Phasmatodea

New Latin, from Phasmat-, Phasma + -odea

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“Phasmatodea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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