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imaginal

[ih-mey-guh-nl, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ gə nl, ɪˈmɑ-/
adjective, Entomology.
1.
of, relating to, or having the form of an imago.
Origin of imaginal
1875-1880
1875-80; < New Latin imāgin-, stem of imāgō imago + -al1
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  • Front region of Maggot of Blow-fly (Calliphora) showing diagrammatically the imaginal discs, which are shaded.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • Here the imaginal stage only is omitted from the life-history.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • Not until spring is the pupal form assumed, and then it quickly passes into the imaginal state.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • Discota: insects in which development of the adults is from imaginal discs: see adiscota.

  • Oculocephalic: applied to that pair of imaginal buds destined to produce the cephalic region in Hymenoptera.

  • Not the wings only, but other structures of the imago, varying in extent in different orders, are formed from the imaginal discs.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • (A. Prorsa-Levana), which, like the genus Pyrameis, is entirely based on imaginal characters.

  • Hence we understand that the amputation of the latter by the old naturalists truncated only and did not destroy the imaginal limb.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • A similar though less extreme shortening of the imaginal life may be noticed in many endopterygote insects.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
  • A curious segmental displacement of the imaginal discs with regard to the larva is noticeable in some Diptera.

    The Life-Story of Insects Geo. H. Carpenter
British Dictionary definitions for imaginal

imaginal

/ɪˈmædʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling an imago
2.
of or relating to an image
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