leaf insect


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leaf insect

n.
Any of various chiefly tropical Asian insects of the family Phylliidae that resemble leaves in color and form. Also called walking leaf.
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leaf insect

n
(Animals) any of various mostly tropical Asian insects of the genus Phyllium and related genera, having a flattened leaflike body: order Phasmida. See also stick insect
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leaf′ in`sect


n.
any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of S Asia and the Malay Archipelago, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form. Also called walking leaf.
[1860–65]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leaf insect - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike bodyleaf insect - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia and the East Indies
phasmid, phasmid insect - large cylindrical or flattened mostly tropical insects with long strong legs that feed on plants; walking sticks and leaf insects
genus Phyllium, Phyllium - type genus of the Phyllidae
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