Definition of leaf insect in English:

leaf insect

noun

  • A large slow-moving tropical insect related to the stick insects, with a flattened body that is leaf-like in shape and colour.

    • ‘Leaf insects, so-called because they resemble broad leaves, are grouped in the same order as stick insects, Phasmida, however only about 30 species of the total 3000 are leaf insects.’
    • ‘Part of the challenge - and intrigue - in researching leaf insects is their rarity.’
    • ‘The eggs of the spiny leaf insect are oval in shape and can be distinguished easily from the insect's droppings.’
    • ‘The eggs of the leaf insect are normally just scattered on the ground and will hatch in the spring.’
    • ‘In Australia, stick insects are found in most places, but leaf insects are only found in north Queensland.’