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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
References in classic literature ?
But if persons of quality and judgment concur, then it is (as the Scripture saith) nomen bonum instar unguenti fragrantis.
Percentage (mean [+ or -] SE) of leaf area consumed per surviving Spodoptera frugiperda 3rd instar feeding either on untreated maize-leaf pieces or on maizeleaf pieces treated with spinosad (mg/L).
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Those that could not be determined to instar and/or species were taken to the laboratory for further examination.
Mean daily consumption per fish was recorded for each larval instar and species separately.
However, there were some inconsistencies in the application of descriptive information attributed to the first instar of R.
The duration of various instars could not be determined as development after the first instar occurred under the lerps.
Using her terms, instar A is the 1st intrachorional state and consequently instar B is the first instar out ofthe egg.