Definition of Heterometabolic
1. Adjective. (of an insect) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the nymph is essentially like the adult and there is no pupal stage.
Similar to: Metamorphic
Derivative terms: Heterometabolism, Heterometaboly
Lexicographical Neighbors of Heterometabolic
Literary usage of Heterometabolic
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Class Book of Economic Entomology: With Special Reference to the Economic by William Lochhead (1919)
"... the insect passing through two distinct phases, larva and pupa, before assuming the adult form; (2) heterometabolic, ie, with incomplete metamorphosis, ..."
2. The Butterflies of the Eastern United States and Canada: With Special by Samuel Hubbard Scudder, William Morris Davis, Charles William Woodworth, Leland Ossian Howard, Charles Valentine Riley, Samuel Wendell Williston (1889)
"... the most striking and massive features by which the Lepidoptera are distinguished from the lower heterometabolic orders, — the Neuroptera, Orthop- tera, ..."
3. A Natural History of the British Lepidoptera: A Text-book for Students and by James William Tutt (1900)
"... although it is often popularly applied to the corresponding stage of the heterometabolic orders. In the older and more generalised orders the larval and ..."