- any insect of the order Phasmida, comprising the walking sticks and leaf insects.
- of or relating to the phasmids.
Origin of phasmid
1870–75; < New Latin Phasmida the order name, equivalent to Phasm(a) the type genus (< Greek phásma apparition, so named from their extremely close resemblance to surrounding plants) + -ida -id2
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The Phasmid or Walking-sticks are herbivorous and may be collected in the midst of vegetation by sweeping or by the hand.
We may remark that no species of Phasmid are known to inhabit the British Isles.
- any plant-eating insect of the mainly tropical order Phasmida: includes the leaf insects and stick insects
- of, relating to, or belonging to the order Phasmida
Word Origin for phasmid
C19: from New Latin Phasmida, from Greek phasma spectre
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- Either of a pair of caudal chemoreceptors occurring in nematodes of the class, Secernentea.
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