metagnath
n. [Gr. meta, change of; gnathos, jaw]
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
Those insects with biting mandibles when young and sucking mouth parts as adults; see menognath, Menorhyncha.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • menognath — n. [Gr. menein, to remain; gnathos, jaw] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Having biting mandibles in both larval and adult stages. menognathous a; see Menorhyncha, metagnath …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • Menorhyncha — n. pl. [Gr. menein, to remain; rhynchos, snout] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A former division of insects composed of those who ingest by suction in both larval and adult stages; see menognath and metagnath …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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