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holometabolous

[hol-oh-mi-tab-uh-luh s, hoh-loh-] /ˌhɒl oʊ mɪˈtæb ə ləs, ˌhoʊ loʊ-/
adjective, Entomology
1.
undergoing complete metamorphosis.
Also, holometabolic
[hol-oh-met-uh-bol-ik, hoh-loh-] /ˌhɒl oʊˌmɛt əˈbɒl ɪk, ˌhoʊ loʊ-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; holo- + Greek metabólos; see metabolism, -ous
Related forms
holometabolism, holometaboly, noun
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  • It also offers an important phylogenetic position for comparisons with the other holometabolous insect orders.

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