Definitions for imagoɪˈmeɪ goʊ, ɪˈmɑ-; -gəˌniz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•ma•goɪˈmeɪ goʊ, ɪˈmɑ-; -gəˌniz(n.)(pl.)-goes, -gi•nes

  1. an adult insect.

    Category: Entomology

  2. Psychoanal. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.

    Category: Psychology

Origin of imago:

1790–1800; < NL, L imāgōimage (the adult being perceived as the true exemplar of the species, as opposed to the larva“ghost” and pupa“doll”)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. imago(noun)

    (psychoanalysis) an idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood

  2. imago(noun)

    an adult insect produced after metamorphosis


  1. imago(Noun)

    The final developmental stage of an insect after undergoing metamorphosis.

  2. imago(Noun)

    An idealised concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.

  3. Origin: From imago.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imago(noun)

    an image

  2. Imago(noun)

    the final adult, and usually winged, state of an insect. See Illust. of Ant-lion, and Army worm


  1. Imago

    In biology, the imago is the last stage an insect attains during its metamorphosis, its process of growth and development; it also is called the imaginal stage, the stage in which the insect attains maturity. It follows the final ecdysis of the immature instars. In a member of the Ametabola or Hemimetabola, in which metamorphosis is "incomplete", the final ecdysis follows the last immature or "nymphal" stage. In members of the Holometabola, in which there is a pupal stage, the final ecdysis follows emergence from the pupa, after which the metamorphosis is complete, although there is a prolonged period of maturation in some species. The imago is the only stage during which the insect is sexually mature and, if it is a winged species, has functional wings. The imago often is referred to as the adult stage. Members of the order Ephemeroptera do not have a pupal stage, but they briefly pass through an extra winged stage called the subimago. Insects at this stage have functional wings but are not yet sexually mature. The Latin plural of imago is imagines, and this is the term generally used by entomologists – however, imagos is also acceptable.

Translations for imago

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the general opinion that people have about a person, company etc

our public image.

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