Definition of imaginal in English:


Line breaks: im¦agi|nal
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmadʒɪn(ə)l


1Relating 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 Entomology 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.


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

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