phas·​mid | \ ˈfaz-məd How to pronounce phasmid (audio) \

Definition of phasmid

: any of an order (Phasmatodea synonym Phasmida) of large cylindrical or sometimes flattened chiefly tropical insects (such as a walking stick) that have long legs, strictly phytophagous habits, and incomplete metamorphosis and that include forms resembling leaves or twigs

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phasmid adjective

Examples of phasmid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some lost species, including the phasmid, have subsequently been rediscovered on surrounding islets. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of phasmid

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phasmid

New Latin Phasmida, group name, from Phasma, type genus, from Greek, apparition, from phainein to show — more at fancy

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The first known use of phasmid was in 1864

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“Phasmid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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phas·​mid | \ ˈfas-mid How to pronounce phasmid (audio) \

Medical Definition of phasmid

: either of the paired lateral postanal organs characteristic of most parasitic nematodes and usually regarded as chemoreceptors — see phasmidia

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