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hemimetabolous

[ hem-ee-mi-tab-uh-luhs ]
/ ˌhɛm i mɪˈtæb ə ləs /
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adjective Entomology.

having the developmental stages of an incomplete metamorphosis: the numerous orders of hemimetabolous insects include those of aphids, crickets, cockroaches, dragonflies, and earwigs.

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Also hem·i·met·a·bol·ic [hem-ee-met-uh-bol-ik]. /ˌhɛm iˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk/.

Origin of hemimetabolous

First recorded in 1865–70; hemi- + metabolous

OTHER WORDS FROM hemimetabolous

hem·i·me·tab·o·lism, hem·i·me·tab·o·ly, noun
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