hemimetabolous

adjective
hemi·​me·​tab·​o·​lous | \ˌhe-mi-mə-ˈta-bə-ləs \

Definition of hemimetabolous 

: characterized by incomplete metamorphosis hemimetabolous insects — compare holometabolous

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And don’t go killing off any more of those high-protein hemimetabolous insects that converge on in the outfield grass after the big stadium lights go out. Tom Hoffarth, Orange County Register, "It’s Out of the Question: Now, finally, a Jackie Robinson statue?," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of hemimetabolous

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hemimetabolous

ultimately from Greek hemi- + metabolos changeable, from metabolē change — more at metabolism

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The first known use of hemimetabolous was in 1870

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hemimetabolous

adjective
hemi·​me·​tab·​o·​lous | \-mə-ˈtab-ə-ləs \

Medical Definition of hemimetabolous 

: characterized by incomplete metamorphosis hemimetabolous insects — compare holometabolous

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