- Entomology. an adult insect.
- Psychoanalysis. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.
Origin of imago
1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin imāgō; see image
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Examples from the Web for imago
The first stage of his Imago Mundi collection has taken Benetton and his team five years to curate.
Luciano Benetton's ‘Imago Mundi’The concept is an innovative but simple one.
Imago Mundi will be on view at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice from August 28th—October 27th.
Now it is with this perfect, or imago condition of the world-eject, that we have to do.Mind and Motion and Monism
George John Romanes
No tracheæ are developed in the larva, nor do any exist in the imago.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
The old poet has cast the imago of a society which we are still trying to embody.Homer's Odyssey
Denton J. Snider
From egg to imago the transformations proceed with regularity, and they are marvelous.The Apple-Tree
L. H. Bailey
In the perfect or imago state the May-fly lives but a short time.
- an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
- psychoanal an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life
C18: New Latin, from Latin: likeness; see image
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Word Origin and History for imago
1797, from Latin imago "image" (see image).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.
- An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.
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