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ichneumon Tweet Definition of ichneumon Like Definition of ichneumon on Facebook
noun
  1. The Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, found in Africa and southern Europe.
  2. The ichneumon wasp.
ichneumon fly Tweet Definition of ichneumon fly Like Definition of ichneumon fly on Facebook
noun
  1. (inaccurately named) ichneumon wasp
imago Tweet Definition of imago Like Definition of imago on Facebook
noun (imag, ines)
  1. The final developmental stage of an insect after undergoing metamorphosis.
  • 1973: "But still," he said to himself, drawing the metamorphoses of a red admiral, egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and on his pad, "what shall I say to him when we meet?" " Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
insect Tweet Definition of insect Like Definition of insect on Facebook
noun
  1. An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.
Our shed has several infestions, including ants, yellowjackets, and wasps.
  1. (colloquial) Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc
The swamp is swarming with every sort of .
  1. A contemptible or powerless person.
The manager's assistant was the worst sort of insect.
Insecta Tweet Definition of Insecta Like Definition of Insecta on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (entomology) a taxonomic class, within subphylum Hexapoda - the insects
instar Tweet Definition of instar Like Definition of instar on Facebook
noun
  1. Any stage in the development or lifecycle of arthropods, between molts.
    • 1955: We avoided Tourist Homes, country cousins of Funeral ones, old-fashioned, genteel and showerless, with elaborate dressing tables in depressingly white-and-pink little bedrooms, and photographs of the landlady"s children in all their instars. " Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

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