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i·ma·go

 (ĭ-mā′gō, ĭ-mä′-)
n. pl. i·ma·goes or i·ma·gi·nes (-gə-nēz′)
1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.
2. Psychology An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.

[Latin imāgō, imāgin-, image; see aim- in Indo-European roots.]

i·ma′gi·nal (ĭ-măj′ə-nəl, -mā′jə-, -mä′gə-) adj.

imago

(ɪˈmeɪɡəʊ)
n, pl imagoes or imagines (ɪˈmædʒəˌniːz)
1. (Zoology) an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
2. (Psychoanalysis) psychoanal an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life
[C18: New Latin, from Latin: likeness; see image]

i•ma•go

(ɪˈmeɪ goʊ, ɪˈmɑ-)

n., pl. -goes, -gi•nes (-gəˌniz)
1. an adult insect.
2. Psychoanal. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.
[1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin imāgō image (the adult being perceived as the true exemplar of the species, as opposed to the larva “ghost” and pupa “doll”)]

i·ma·go

(ĭ-mā′gō)
An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva, nymph, pupa.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imago - (psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
epitome, prototype, paradigm, image - a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
2.imago - an adult insect produced after metamorphosis
insect - small air-breathing arthropod