leaf insect

  1. 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.

Origin of leaf insect

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby leaf insect

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How to use leaf insect in a sentence

  • The most remarkable of these is the leaf insect which can scarcely be detected from a leaf even after it has been pointed out.

    The Old World and Its Ways | William Jennings Bryan

British Dictionary definitions for leaf insect

leaf insect

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

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