imago

noun
ima·​go | \ i-ˈmä-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce imago (audio) , -ˈmā- How to pronounce imago (audio) \
plural imagoes or imagines\ i-​ˈmā-​gə-​ˌnēz How to pronounce imagines (audio) , -​ˈmä-​ ; -​ˈmā-​jə-​ , -​ˈma-​ \

Definition of imago

1 : an insect in its final, adult, sexually mature, and typically winged state
2 : an idealized mental image of another person or the self

First Known Use of imago

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for imago

borrowed from New Latin imāgō, going back to Latin imāgin-, imāgō "representation, semblance, image entry 1"

Note: As a descriptive term for insects apparently introduced by linnaeus in Systema naturae, 12th edition, vol. 1, part 2 (Stockholm, 1767), p. 535. Linnaeus's conception was that the imago was the true representation of the creature, the earlier stages of larva (Latin larva, taken to mean "ghost") and pupa (Latin pūpa "doll") being in a sense illusory.

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imago

noun
ima·​go | \ im-ˈā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce imago (audio) , -ˈäg-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce imago (audio) \
plural imagoes or imagines\ -​ˈā-​gə-​ˌnēz How to pronounce imagines (audio) , -​ˈäg-​ə-​ How to pronounce imagines (audio) \

Medical Definition of imago

1 : an insect in its final, adult, sexually mature, and typically winged state

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