leaf insect

/ˈlif ɪnsɛkt/ (say 'leef insekt)

noun
a phasmid which disguises itself in the shape and colour of a leaf, as the spiny leaf insect.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Leaf insect — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leaf insect — n. any of a family (Phylliidae, order Phasmatoptera) of sluggish, winged insects that resemble leaves …   English World dictionary

  • leaf insect — leaf′ in sect n. ent any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of S Asia and the Malay Archipelago, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form Also called walking leaf • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • leaf insect — any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of southern Asia and the East Indies, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form. Also called walking leaf. [1860 65] * * * or walking leaf Any of about 25 species of flat… …   Universalium

  • leaf insect — noun tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia and the East Indies • Syn: ↑walking leaf • Hypernyms: ↑phasmid, ↑phasmid insect • Member Holonyms: ↑Phyllium, ↑genus Phyllium …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf insect — noun a large slow moving tropical insect with a flattened leaf like body. [Family Phylliidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • spiny leaf insect — noun a phasmid, Extatosoma tiaratum, which hangs from a leaf or twig and resembles a curled leaf in colours ranging from green to brown depending on the vegetation eaten, wattle leaves producing green, and eucalypts dark brown insects …   Australian English dictionary

  • Leaf — (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] 1. (Bot.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leaf beetle — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leaf bridge — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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