holometabolous

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

undergoing complete metamorphosis.

Nearby words

  1. holographic will,
  2. holography,
  3. hologynic,
  4. holohedral,
  5. hololith,
  6. holomorphic,
  7. holon,
  8. holophane,
  9. holophote,
  10. holophrase

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

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

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