ho·​lo·​me·​tab·​o·​lous | \ ˌhō-lō-mə-ˈta-bə-ləs How to pronounce holometabolous (audio) , ˌhä- \

Definition of holometabolous

: characterized by complete metamorphosis holometabolous insects — compare hemimetabolous

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Other Words from holometabolous

holometabolism \ ˌhō-​lō-​mə-​ˈta-​bə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce holometabolism (audio) , ˌhä-​ \ noun

Examples of holometabolous 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, "Evolution made mosquitos into stealthy, sensitive vampires," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of holometabolous

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for holometabolous

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

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The first known use of holometabolous was in 1870

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2 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Holometabolous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holometabolous. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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ho·​lo·​me·​tab·​o·​lous | \ ˌhō-lō-mə-ˈtab-ə-ləs How to pronounce holometabolous (audio) , ˌhäl-ō- How to pronounce holometabolous (audio) \

Medical Definition of holometabolous

: having complete metamorphosis holometabolous insects — compare hemimetabolous

Other Words from holometabolous

holometabolism \ -​ˌliz-​əm How to pronounce holometabolism (audio) \ noun

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