Definition of imago in English:

imago

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈmeɪgəʊ
 
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noun (plural imagos or imagines /ɪˈmeɪdʒɪniːz/)

  • 1 Entomology The final and fully developed adult stage of an insect, typically winged.
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    • After a third larval stage they pupate in the nest material and emerge as imagos after the fledglings have left the nest.
    • He stands apart from the new flight of British composers, ‘who seem very sure of themselves, like an imago, a butterfly that enters the world fully formed.’
    • The imago can become multiradiate at the time of metamorphosis, or it can be 5-rayed at metamorphosis and add the supernumerary rays during post larval growth stages.
  • 2 Psychoanalysis An unconscious idealized mental image of someone, especially a parent, which influences a person’s behaviour.
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    • Lacan's elaboration of the Jungian concept of the imago seems instructive here.
    • They constitute a single set of systematic transfigurations of the Yagwoia transpersonal, archetypal imagos of their Self and its energies.
    • Back here, I briefly mentioned the idea of the imago.

Origin

late 18th century (in sense 1): modern Latin use of Latin imago 'image'. sense 2 dates from the early 20th century.

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