phasmid

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From Latin phasma, or its source Ancient Greek ϕάσμα (ϕásma, ghost, apparition), +‎ -id.

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phasmid (plural phasmids)

  1. (entomology) Any insect of the order Phasmatodea; the leaf insects and walking sticks. [from 19th c.]
    • 1993, Rikki Ducornet, The Jade Cabinet, Dalkey Archive Press, p. 19:
      A giant phasmid (or stick insect) from India whose cage was over two metres tall spent long hours standing upon a perpendicular branch and staring into Mother's eyes.
  2. (nematology) Either of the two caudal chemoreceptors in some nematodes. [from 20th c.]
  3. A phagemid.

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