[ ih-mey-goh, ih-mah- ]
/ ɪˈmeɪ goʊ, ɪˈmɑ- /

noun, plural i·ma·goes, i·ma·gi·nes [ih-mey-guh-neez, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ gəˌniz, ɪˈmɑ-/.

Entomology. an adult insect.
Psychoanalysis. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.

Origin of imago

1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin imāgō; see image Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for imago

/ (ɪˈmeɪɡəʊ) /

noun plural imagoes or imagines (ɪˈmædʒəˌniːz)

an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
psychoanal an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life

Word Origin for imago

C18: New Latin, from Latin: likeness; see image
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Medical definitions for imago

[ ĭ-māgō, ĭ-mä- ]

n. pl. i•ma•goes

An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.
An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.
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Scientific definitions for imago

[ ĭ-māgō ]

Plural imagoes imagines (ĭ-māgə-nēz′)

An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva nymph pupa.
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