instar

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

An instar of the mayfly Cloeon dipterum

From Latin instar (form, likeness).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɪnstɑː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɪnstɑɹ/
  • Hyphenation: in‧star

Noun[edit]

instar (plural instars)

  1. Any one of the several stages of postembryonic development which an arthropod undergoes, between molts, before it reaches sexual maturity.
  2. An arthropod at a specified one of these stages of development.
    • 2005, Nematodes as biocontrol agents (edited by Parwinder S. Grewal, Ralf-Udo Ehlers, David I. Shapiro-Ilan), page 133:
      In A. orientalis, first and second instars were more susceptible than third instars to H. bacteriophora TF strain, []
  3. (by extension) A stage in development.
    • 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita:
      We avoided Tourist Homes, country cousins of Funeral ones, old-fashioned, genteel and showerless, with elaborate dressing tables in depressingly white-and-pink little bedrooms, and photographs of the landlady’s children in all their instars.
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Etymology 2[edit]

in- +‎ star

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Verb[edit]

instar (third-person singular simple present instars, present participle instarring, simple past and past participle instarred)

  1. (archaic) To stud with stars.
    • 1882, Frederick Randolph Abbe, The temple rebuilt: a poem, page 125:
      Yet mark with shining steps the humbler way;
      And, as angelic feet instar the sky,
      Drop the bright sparks along the wilderness.
    • 1893, in The Atlantic Monthly, volume 72, page 507:
      Espey could distinguish through the clear darkness the fringed branches of a pine-tree clinging to the heights above and waving against the instarred sky, and below a vague moving whiteness []
    • 1896, Mary Noailles Murfree (pseudonym Charles Egbert Craddock) In the Tennessee mountains, edition 14, page 209:
      He was dreaming, surely; or were those deep, instarred eyes really fixed upon him with that wistful gaze which he had seen only twice before?

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin īnstar (of the same weight).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɛ̃.staʁ/
  • Hyphenation: in‧star

Particle[edit]

instar

  1. Only used in à l'instar de

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Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

īnstar n

  1. image, likeness, resemblance
  2. counterpart
  3. worth, value
  4. an equal form (of)

Declension[edit]

Not declined; used only in the nominative and accusative singular.

Number Singular
nominative īnstar
genitive
dative
accusative īnstar
ablative
vocative

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin īnstō (urge, insist).

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Verb[edit]

instar (first-person singular present insto, first-person singular preterite insté, past participle instado)

  1. (transitive) to urge, to be urgent

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