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[ih-mey-goh, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ goʊ, ɪˈmɑ-/

noun, plural imagoes, imagines
[ih-mey-guh-neez, ih-mah-] /ɪˈmeɪ gəˌniz, ɪˈmɑ-/ (Show IPA)
Entomology. an adult insect.
Psychoanalysis. an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.
noun (pl) imagoes, imagines (ɪˈmædʒəˌniːz)
an adult sexually mature insect produced after metamorphosis
(psychoanal) an idealized image of another person, usually a parent, acquired in childhood and carried in the unconscious in later life

1797, from Latin imago “image” (see image).

imago i·ma·go (ĭ-mā’gō, ĭ-mä’-)
n. pl. i·ma·goes or i·ma·gi·nes (-gə-nēz’)

Plural imagoes or imagines (ĭ-mā’gə-nēz’)
An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis. Compare larva, nymph, pupa.


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