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Any of numerous chiefly tropical, often wingless insects of the order Phasmida (or Phasmatodea), having elongated bodies that resembles twigs or leaves, and including the walking sticks and the leaf insects.

[From New Latin Phasmida, order name, from Phasma, type genus, from Greek phasma, apparition, from phainein, to show; see phase.]


(Animals) any plant-eating insect of the mainly tropical order Phasmida: includes the leaf insects and stick insects
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the order Phasmida
[C19: from New Latin Phasmida, from Greek phasma spectre]


(ˈfæz mɪd)

any insect of the order Phasmida, characterized by long slender legs and antennae and a wingless, twiglike body: includes walking sticks and leaf insects.
[1870–75; < New Latin Phasmida=Phasm(a) the type genus (< Greek phásma apparition, so named from their extremely close resemblance to surrounding plants) + -ida -id2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phasmid - large cylindrical or flattened mostly tropical insects with long strong legs that feed on plants; walking sticks and leaf insects
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
order Phasmatodea, order Phasmida, Phasmatodea, Phasmida - in some classifications considered a suborder of Orthoptera: stick insects; leaf insects
stick insect, walkingstick, walking stick - any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies
leaf insect, walking leaf - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia and the East Indies
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This might suggest that -20% of individuals in a phasmid population experience complications with molting at some point during their lifetime, and predation attempts double that base rate of autotomy.
The giant walking stick is one of the largest phasmid species in North America and is found in the south central United States (Figure 1; Hebard 1943; Wilkings & Breland 1951).
Paleontologists have found precious few phasmid fossils, and they had never previously unearthed one of a leaf insect.