[ih-mey-goh, ih-mah-]
noun, plural i·ma·goes, i·ma·gi·nes [ih-mey-guh-neez, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ gəˌniz, ɪˈmɑ-/.
  1. Entomology. an adult insect.
  2. 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. 2018

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noun plural imagoes or imagines (ɪˈmædʒəˌniːz)
  1. an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for imago

1797, from Latin imago "image" (see image).

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imago in Medicine


[ĭ-māgō, ĭ-mä-]
n. pl. i•ma•goes
  1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.
  2. An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.
  3. archetype
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imago in Science


Plural imagoes imagines (ĭ-māgə-nēz′)
  1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva nymph pupa.
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