One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An order of insects that comprises the stick insects and leaf insects. They have very long bodies that resemble twigs or leaves.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Phasmida have elongate bodies. Our species are wingless as adults. However, some tropical forms are winged and are called leaf insects.’
- ‘Phasmida are hemimetabolous and generally elongate, though some forms (Leaf-Insects) are broad and flattened.’
A class of nematodes that includes the parasitic hookworms and roundworms.Also called Secernentea
Modern Latin (plural), from Latin phasma ‘apparition’, from Greek.
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