holometabolous

[ hol-oh-mi-tab-uh-luh s, hoh-loh- ]
/ ˌhɒl oʊ mɪˈtæb ə ləs, ˌhoʊ loʊ- /

adjective Entomology.

undergoing complete metamorphosis.
Also hol·o·met·a·bol·ic [hol-oh-met-uh-bol-ik, hoh-loh-] /ˌhɒl oʊˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk, ˌhoʊ loʊ-/.

Origin of holometabolous

1865–70; holo- + Greek metabólos; see metabolism, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM holometabolous

hol·o·me·tab·o·lism, hol·o·me·tab·o·ly, noun
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