leaf insect definition

  • noun:
    • any one of different chiefly Asian pests associated with family Phyllidae that resemble leaves in color and form. Also known as walking leaf.
    • any one of a number of genera and species of orthopterous insects, esp. regarding the genus Phyllium, when the wings, and sometimes the legs, look like leaves in color and form. They are common in Southern Asia in addition to East Indies.
    • An orthopterous pest of this family members Phasmidæ: so called from the mimetic similarity to the leaf of a plant. Also known as walking-leaf.
    • tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia plus the East Indies

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