incomplete metamorphosis

[ in-kuhm-pleetmet-uh-mawr-fuh-sis ]
/ ɪn kəmˈplit mɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs /

noun

insect development, as in the grasshopper and cricket, in which the change is gradual and characterized by the absence of a pupal stage.

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Also called im·per·fect met·a·mor·pho·sis, [im-pur-fikt met-uh-mawr-fuh-sis] /ɪmˈpɜr fɪkt mɛt əˈmɔr fə sɪs/ hemimetabolism .

Origin of incomplete metamorphosis

First recorded in 1770–75
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