Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pl. phasmata (-ma-tä). Same as phasm.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of gressorial or ambulatorial orthopterous insects, typical of the family Phasmidæ. It formerly contained all the curious creatures known as walking-sticks, but is now restricted to certain tropical forms.
“The distribution of Demidoff's galago (Galagoides demidoff) subspecies follows a similar pattern, with G.d. anomurus and G.d. murinus found only on the right bank of the Congo and G.d. phasma found only on the left.”
“Nevertheless, these phasma seldom alarm the solitary and belated”
“It must always be borne in mind that the more wonderful examples, in which there is not only a general but a special resemblance -- as in the walking leaf, the mossy phasma, and the leaf-winged butterfly -- represent those few instances in which the process of modification has been going on during an immense series of generations.”
“[Greek: pothoi d 'uperpontias phasma doxei dom_on anassein.] (And in his yearning love for her who is over the sea a phantom will seem to reign over his palace.)”
“With 90+% of the CIA personnel holding down an office chair in the good old USA phasma ex machina”
“Dakruonti epskei to phasma, kai edeito mê basanizein auto, mêde anagkazein omolsgein dti eiê], iv.”
“These are his words speaking of this tragedy -- "Nec quidquam in illa admirabilius quam phasma quoddam horrendum, quod omnibus abis spectris quibuscum scatet Angelorum tragoedia longe (pace D-- ysn V”
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