an insect or other arthropod between molts
a postembryonic stage of life of an arthropod, especially an insect, between two successive molts; also, the arthropod when in that stage of life.
To stud with stars.
Origin: From instar.
to stud as with stars
An instar is a developmental stage of arthropods, such as insects, between each molt, until sexual maturity is reached. Arthropods must shed the exoskeleton in order to grow or assume a new form. Differences between instars can often be seen in altered body proportions, colors, patterns, or changes in the number of body segments. Some arthropods can continue to molt after sexual maturity, but these subsequent molts are generally not called instars. For most insect species the term "instar" is used to denote the developmental stage of the larval or nymphal forms of holometabolous or hemimetabolous insects, but the term can be used to describe any developmental stage including pupa or imago. The number of instars an insect undergoes depends on the species and the environmental conditions. Lower temperatures and humidity often slow the rate of development.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-stär′, v.t. to adorn with stars.
The numerical value of instar in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of instar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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