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 imago (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

Examples of imago in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other species, such as grasshoppers and dragonflies, experience incomplete, or simple, metamorphosis, which involves three life stages—egg, larva or nymph, and adult or imago. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How a caterpillar becomes a butterfly: Metamorphosis, explained," 11 Aug. 2020 Newbell, who is Black, had spoken about imago Dei -- the idea that all humans, of all races, are made in the image and likeness of God. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Why Black Christians are bracing for a 'whitelash'," 10 July 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imago. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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 imago (audio) , -​ˈäg-​ə-​ How to pronounce imago (audio) \

Medical Definition of imago

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

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