[ hem-ee-mi-tab-uh-luhs ]
/ ˌhɛm i mɪˈtæb ə ləs /
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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 hemimetaboloushem·i·me·tab·o·lism, hem·i·me·tab·o·ly, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for hemimetabolous
The hemimetabolous species, as well as some of the holometabolous species such as the honey bees, have the same diet throughout their lives.Evolution made mosquitos into stealthy, sensitive vampires|Erica McAlister|October 15, 2020|Popular Science