phasmid

noun
phas·​mid | \ˈfaz-məd \

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

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

noun
phas·​mid | \ˈfas-mid \

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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