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- n. A kind of complete metamorphosis in which the different larval instars represent two or more different forms of larva.
- n. An excessive visual exploration of environment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of metamorphosis, in certain insects, in which the larva itself undergoes remarkable changes of form and structure during its growth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology, complete metamorphosis; radical transformation; change from one form to a very different one. See hypermetamorphism.
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We may take as an example of such 'hypermetamorphosis' the life-story of the Oil or
It will be the starting-point of a chapter which perhaps will give us some fresh sidelights upon the history of the hypermetamorphosis.
This mode of development, which preludes the customary entomological forms by the multiple transfigurations of the larva, certainly deserves a special name: I suggest that of _hypermetamorphosis_.
In the Cerocomæ and the Oil-beetles, each form of the hypermetamorphosis becomes detached from the preceding skin by a complete extraction; the contents are removed from the ruptured container and have no further connection with it.
Whether simple or multiple, this moult has nothing in common with the renewals due to the hypermetamorphosis, which so profoundly change the creature's appearance.
The geologist, the recorder of forms, will prefer the hypermetamorphosis of the
When my turn came, he questioned me upon the hypermetamorphosis of the Meloidae [a beetle family including the oil beetle and the Spanish fly], my last essay in entomology.