• WordNet 3.6
    • n metabola insects that undergo complete metamorphosis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Metabola (Med) A change or mutation; a change of disease, symptoms, or treatment.
    • n. pl Metabola (Zoöl) A comprehensive group of insects, including those that undegro a metamorphosis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metabola Same as metabasis, 2.
    • metabola Insects winch undergo complete or entire metamorphosis or transformation, as the Diptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, and Hymenoptera: in contradistinction to the Heterometabola. In some systems the Metabola are regarded as a subclass of Insecta, correlated with Hemimetabola and Ametabola. They are also called Heteromorpha and Holometabola. The three stages of such insects are those of the larva, pupa, and imago. The Metabola are divided by some into the Mandibulata and Haustellata.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., from Gr. change; beyond + to throw


In literature:

Metabola: insects with a complete metamorphosis in which the larva does not resemble the adult, and the pupa is quiescent.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith