- an insect in any one of its periods of postembryonic growth between molts.
Origin of instar1
1890–95; < New Latin, Latin īnstar equivalent, counterpart
Origin of instar2
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Examples from the Web for instar
He certainly will, if he found it published, and that alone will be instar omnium.
Greek taken singly is, to use an indispensable Latin word, instar, the knowledge of all other languages.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)
Thomas De Quincey
Though he has been but few hours under my roof, I have already peeped at him, and find that he will be instar omnium to me.
Instar montis equum divina Palladis arte Aedificant, sectaque intexunt abiete costas; Votum pro reditu simulant.Uppingham by the Sea
John Henry Skrine
However, nymphs after the fourth instar occasionally set upon other molting nymphs.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
- the stage in the development of an insect between any two moults
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- Any of the successive nymphal stages in the metamorphosis of insects or the stages of larval change by successive molts.
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