instar

1
[ in-stahr ]
/ ˈɪn stɑr /

noun

an insect in any one of its periods of postembryonic growth between molts.

QUIZZES

BECOME A PRO CHEF WITH THIS EXQUISITE CUISINE QUIZ!

Even if you can't be a professional chef, you can at least talk like one with this vocabulary quiz.
Question 1 of 9
You may have read the word "simmer" in a recipe or two, but what does it really mean?

Origin of instar

1
1890–95; <New Latin, Latin īnstar equivalent, counterpart

Definition for instar (2 of 2)

instar2
[ in-stahr ]
/ ɪnˈstɑr /

verb (used with object), in·starred, in·star·ring.

to set with or as if with stars.
Archaic.
  1. to place as a star.
  2. to make a star of.

Origin of instar

2
First recorded in 1585–95; in-1 + star
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for instar

British Dictionary definitions for instar

instar
/ (ˈɪnstɑː) /

noun

the stage in the development of an insect between any two moults

Word Origin for instar

C19: New Latin from Latin: image
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for instar

instar
[ ĭnstär′ ]

n.

Any of the successive nymphal stages in the metamorphosis of insects or the stages of larval change by successive molts.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.