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instar

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[ in-stahr ]
/ ˈɪn stɑr /
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noun
an insect in any one of its periods of postembryonic growth between molts.
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Origin of instar

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

Other definitions 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

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First recorded in 1585–95; in-1 + star
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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
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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.
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