imago definition

  • noun:
    • An insect with its intimately mature adult stage after metamorphosis.
    • therapy An often idealized picture of you, typically a parent, created in youth and persisting instinctively into adulthood.
    • the ultimate developmental phase of an insect after undergoing metamorphosis.
    • An idealised idea of a loved one, formed in youth and retained unaltered in adult life.
    • a picture.
    • the ultimate adult, and in most cases winged, state of an insect. See Illust. of Ant-lion, and Army worm.
    • In entomology, the last, perfect phase or state of an insect, after this has withstood all its transformations and start to become effective at reproduction.
    • a grown-up insect produced after metamorphosis
    • (psychoanalysis) an idealized picture of somebody (usually a parent) formed in youth

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