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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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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His animal body incorporates the environment like a "phasmid," a stick insect indistinguishable from a leaf or twig, and even looks like a ghost, apparent yet not appearing, just as the phasmid etymologically relates to the phantasm or apparition (Didi-Huberman 1998).
Both phasmid and anus were distinct and clearly visible.
Clark Sellick JT (1997) Descriptive terminology of the phasmid egg capsule, with an extended key to the phasmid genera based on egg structure.
Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect is a beautifully illustrated and well-written picture book.
Many phasmid species have shown variation with respect to their ploidy (Pijnacker 1967; 1969; Marescalchi and Scali 1990; Giorgi 1992; Sandoval et al.
4.8 [+ or -] 0.4 (4.3-5.3) Tail/Rectum 1.1 [+ or -] 0.1 (0.9-1.2) Phasmid from posterior 73.4 [+ or -] 9.3 (63-81) Gonad length 257.8 [+ or -] 36.5 (201-301.8) Vulval body diam.
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.
Paleontologists have found precious few phasmid fossils, and they had never previously unearthed one of a leaf insect.
The basis for separating them into classes is determined by the presence or absence of a phasmid, a small sensory organ, probably a chemoreceptor located on the suffice of the nematode.
Length of vulval slit (20.90 to 25.65) and tail terminus to vulva-slit (22.80 to 32.30) showed low variation (CV<10); and inter- phasmid (24.94) and vulva to anus distance (17.03) moderate variation (CV<20).