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holometabolous Describing insect development in which there is complete metamorphosis and the immature stages, called larvae, are markedly different from the adults. Transformation of the larvae into the adult takes place during a resting stage called a pupa. Holometabolous development is characteristic of endopterygote insect orders. Compare ametabolous; hemimetabolous.
holometabolous Applied to a type of development in which distinct larval and adult forms occur.
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