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in·star 1

tr.v. in·starred, in·star·ring, in·stars
To stud with or as if with stars.

in·star 2

A stage of an insect or other arthropod between one molt and the next.

[New Latin īnstar, from Latin, image, form.]


(Zoology) the stage in the development of an insect between any two moults
[C19: New Latin from Latin: image]


(ˈɪn stɑr)

an insect or other arthropod in any stage between molts.
[1890–95; < New Latin; Latin īnstar equivalent, counterpart]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instar - an insect or other arthropod between moltsinstar - an insect or other arthropod between molts
arthropod - invertebrate having jointed limbs and a segmented body with an exoskeleton made of chitin
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