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stick insects

stick insects is a plural form of stick insect

stick insect


any of various mostly tropical insects having long twig-like bodies


animal noun (animals and microorganisms)


stick insects

Original source:

Princeton WordNet



Definition references  (+images)


Phasmatodea | Phasmida | Phasmatoptera | stick insects | walking sticks | stick-bugs | phasmids | ghost insects | leaf insects

an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects, walking sticks or stick-bugs, phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects. The ordinal name is derived from the Ancient Greek φάσμα phasma, meaning an apparition or phantom, and... (39 of 4319 words, 10 images)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

walkingstick [insect] | stick insect [synonym]

any of about 2,000 species of slow-moving insects that are green or brown in colour and bear a resemblance to twigs as a protective device. Some ... (26 of 171 words, 3 images)


Collins Dictionary:

stick insect | walking stick [United States, Canadian, synonym]

any of various mostly tropical insects of the family "Phasmidae" that have an elongated cylindrical body and long legs and resemble twigs: order ... (23 of 416 words, 6 usage examples)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

walking stick | stick insect | walking sticks

names applied to extremely longbodied, slow-moving, herbivorous insects, forming a single family in the order Phasmatodea. Walking sticks have green, ... (20 of 211 words)


Oxford Dictionary:

stick insect

a long, slender, slow-moving insect that resembles a twig. Many species appear to lack males and the females lay fertile eggs without mating.; Family ... (24 of 56 words)



stick insect | phasmid [synonym]

any of various usually wingless phasmid insects (especially family Phasmatidae) with a long cylindrical body resembling a stick; broadly; "phasmid" (20 of 48 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stick insect

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stick insect [countable] | stick insects [plural]

a long thin insect that looks like a small stick (10 of 39 words)


Random House Dictionary:

walking stick | walkingstick [sense-specific] | stick insect [synonym, sense-specific]

a stick held in the hand and used to help support oneself while walking. | any of several insects of the family Phasmidae, having a long, slender, ... (26 of 36 words, 2 definitions)


Cambridge Dictionary:

stick insect

a large insect with a long thin body and legs (10 of 21 words, 1 usage example)


American Heritage Dictionary:

stick insect

Any of several insects of the family Phasmidae, as the walking stick, that resemble sticks or twigs. (17 of 20 words)



stick insect | stick insects [plural] | stick-insect | stick-bug [synonym] | walking stick [synonym]

Any of various insects of the family Phasmidae that mimic sticks or twigs. (13 of 14 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stick insect

New World Dictionary:

stick insect

a sticklike phasmid insect (4 of 6 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

stick insect | stick insects [plural] | Phasmidae [member of]

a long brown or green insect that resembles a twig. Family Phasmidae. (12 of 24 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715032​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stick insect [countable] | stick insects [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "stick insect"


Macmillan American Dictionary:

stick insect [countable] | stick insects [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "stick insect"


Cambridge Dictionary:

stick insect

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "stick insect"

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