Definition of imaginal in English:

imaginal

Syllabification: i·ma·gi·nal

adjective

  • 1 /iˈmaj(ə)nəl/ Of or relating to an image: imaginal education methods
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    • Our imagination is socially shaped; we get our repertoire of images from the society's imaginal world, though we also contribute to that world in turn.
    • These include cognitive, emotive, imaginal, and behavioural methods.
    • Every perception enters an imaginal file, buds in arrest until swayed by a life-shifting rain or the blight of the news of an unknown person's death.
  • 2 /iˈmāgənəl, iˈmä-/ Entomology Of or relating to an adult insect or imago.
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    • It was necessary to include these last two stages before the imaginal molt because development of alates was not completely synchronized; these nymphs and alates were present from April - mid August, when nuptial flights begin.
    • Late instars were isolated into same sex groups prior to the imaginal molt to ensure virginity.
    • In lepidopterans, extirpation of imaginal wing discs in the final instar delays pupation in order for the larva to regenerate lost tissue.

Origin

late 19th century: from Latin imago, imagin- 'image' + -al.

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