from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To stud with or as if with stars.
  • n. A stage of an insect or other arthropod between molts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any one of the several stages of postembryonic development which an arthropod undergoes, between molts, before it reaches sexual maturity.
  • n. An arthropod at a specified one of these stages of development.
  • n. A stage in development.
  • v. To stud with stars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a postembryonic stage of life of an arthropod, especially an insect, between two successive molts; also, the arthropod when in that stage of life.
  • transitive v. To stud as with stars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set or adorn with stars or with brilliants; star.
  • To make a star of; set as a star.
  • n. Any one of the periods of an insect's life between two molts. The period immediately after hatching is said to be the first instar, and that after the first molt the second instar. If a caterpillar molts four times the pupa is the sixth instar and the adult the seventh. The term originated with Fischer in 1853, but has only recently been generally adopted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an insect or other arthropod between molts


New Latin īnstar, from Latin, image, form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin instar ("form, likeness"). (Wiktionary)
in- +‎ star (Wiktionary)



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  • between molts - in formation

    January 28, 2008