from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several insects of the family Phasmidae, as the walking stick, that resemble sticks or twigs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various insects of the family Phasmidae that mimic sticks or twigs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any one of various species of wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidæ, which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which they live. The common American species is Diapheromera femorata. Some of the Asiatic species are more than a foot long.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as stick-bug, 1. See walking-stick.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies
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Richard Kerr, the author of NATURE: CURIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL, describes a specimen of the stick insect from a cabinet specimen and a pen-and-ink drawing in the museum of the Hon.