imago

noun ima·go \ i-ˈmä-(ˌ)gō , -ˈmā- \

Definition of imago

plural imagoes or imagines play \i-ˈmā-gə-ˌnēz, -ˈmä-; -ˈmā-jə-, -ˈma-\
1 : an insect in its final, adult, sexually mature, and typically winged state
2 : an idealized mental image of another person or the self

Origin and Etymology of imago

borrowed from New Latin imāgō, going back to Latin imāgin-, imāgō "representation, semblance, 1image"
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 , -ˈäg-(ˌ)ō \

medical Definition of imago

plural imagoes or imagines play \-ˈā-gə-ˌnēz, -ˈäg-ə-\
1 : an insect in its final, adult, sexually mature, and typically winged state
2 : image 2a(2)

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