One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In certain insect larvae: the development of one part of the body, especially the wings, at a faster rate than that of the rest, typically as a result of abnormally high temperature or abnormal hormonal influence.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Annals of the Entomological Society of America. From German Prothetelie from ancient Greek προθεῖν to run before (from προ- + θεῖν to run from the same Indo-European base as Sanskrit dhav- to run, flow) + τέλος end + German -ie.
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