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imago

[ ih-mey-goh, ih-mah- ]
/ 瑟藞me瑟 go蕣, 瑟藞m蓱- /
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noun, plural i路ma路goes, i路ma路gi路nes [ih-mey-guh-neez, ih-mah-]. /瑟藞me瑟 g蓹藢niz, 瑟藞m蓱-/.
Entomology. an adult insect.
Psychoanalysis. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.
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Origin of imago

1790鈥1800; <New Latin, Latin im膩g艒;see image
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British Dictionary definitions for imago

imago
/ (瑟藞me瑟伞蓹蕣) /

noun plural imagoes or imagines (瑟藞m忙d蕭蓹藢ni藧z)
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

imago
[ 沫-m膩g艒, 沫-m盲- ]

n. pl. i鈥a鈥oes
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.
archetype
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Scientific definitions for imago

imago
[ 沫-m膩g艒 ]

Plural imagoes imagines (沫-m膩g蓹-n膿z鈥)
An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva nymph pupa.
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