Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Undergoing complete metamorphosis or entire transformation, as an insect: the opposite of ametabolic: correlated with hemimetabolic. See holophanerous. Also holometabolian, holometabolous.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or undergoing holometabolism
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having a complete metamorphosis; -- said of certain insects, as the butterflies and bees.
- adj. (of an insect) undergoing complete metamorphosis
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