hemi·​me·​tab·​o·​lous | \ ˌhe-mi-mə-ˈta-bə-ləs How to pronounce hemimetabolous (audio) \

Definition of hemimetabolous

: characterized by incomplete metamorphosis hemimetabolous insects — compare holometabolous

Examples of hemimetabolous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hemimetabolous species, as well as some of the holometabolous species such as the honey bees, have the same diet throughout their lives. Popular Science, 20 Oct. 2020 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hemimetabolous. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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hemi·​me·​tab·​o·​lous | \ -mə-ˈtab-ə-ləs How to pronounce hemimetabolous (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemimetabolous

: characterized by incomplete metamorphosis hemimetabolous insects — compare holometabolous


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