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noun

any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of southern Asia and the East Indies, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form.

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Also called walking leaf.

Origin of leaf insect

First recorded in 1860–65
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leaf insect

noun

any of various mostly tropical Asian insects of the genus Phyllium and related genera, having a flattened leaflike body: order PhasmidaSee also stick insect
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