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phasmid

[faz-mid]
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noun
  1. any insect of the order Phasmida, comprising the walking sticks and leaf insects.
adjective
  1. of or relating to the phasmids.

Origin of phasmid

1870–75; < New Latin Phasmida the order name, equivalent to Phasm(a) the type genus (< Greek phásma apparition, so named from their extremely close resemblance to surrounding plants) + -ida -id2
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phasmid

noun
  1. any plant-eating insect of the mainly tropical order Phasmida: includes the leaf insects and stick insects
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the order Phasmida

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Phasmida, from Greek phasma spectre
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phasmid in Medicine

phasmid

(făzmĭd)
n.
  1. Either of a pair of caudal chemoreceptors occurring in nematodes of the class, Secernentea.
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