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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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||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