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leaf insect

any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of southern Asia and the East Indies, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form.
Also called walking leaf.
Origin of leaf insect
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The most remarkable of these is the leaf insect which can scarcely be detected from a leaf even after it has been pointed out.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan
British Dictionary definitions for leaf insect

leaf insect

any of various mostly tropical Asian insects of the genus Phyllium and related genera, having a flattened leaflike body: order Phasmida See also stick insect
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