[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. imagineer,
  2. imagineering,
  3. imaging,
  4. imagism,
  5. imagists,
  6. imam,
  7. imamate,
  8. imambarah,
  9. imami,
  10. imamite

Origin of imago

1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin imāgō; see image Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for imago



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

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Medicine 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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Science 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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