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imaginal

[ih-mey-guh-nl, ih-mah-]
adjective Entomology.
  1. of, relating to, or having the form of an imago.
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Origin of imaginal

1875–80; < New Latin imāgin-, stem of imāgō imago + -al1
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Historical Examples of imaginal

  • Here the imaginal stage only is omitted from the life-history.

    The Life-Story of Insects

    Geo. H. Carpenter

  • Discota: insects in which development of the adults is from imaginal discs: see adiscota.

  • Oculocephalic: applied to that pair of imaginal buds destined to produce the cephalic region in Hymenoptera.

  • (A. Prorsa-Levana), which, like the genus Pyrameis, is entirely based on imaginal characters.

  • Not the wings only, but other structures of the imago, varying in extent in different orders, are formed from the imaginal discs.

    The Life-Story of Insects

    Geo. H. Carpenter


British Dictionary definitions for imaginal

imaginal

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling an imago
  2. of or relating to an image
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