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

phasmid

adjective

Origin and Etymology of phasmid

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


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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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