holometabolous

adjective
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

Other Words from holometabolous

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

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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holometabolous

adjective
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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