One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of an insect: characterized by a relatively slight change of form during development, the immature form being a nymph resembling the adult though lacking wings, as in members of the orders Orthoptera and Hemiptera. Also: of, relating to, or included in a division Paurometabola which, in some classifications, comprises various insect orders characterized by development of this kind.
Late 19th century. From ancient Greek παῦρος little, small + metabolous, after ametabolous, hemimetabolous, and holometabolous Compare scientific Latin Paurometabola.
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