i·ma·go (ĭ-māgō, ĭ-mä-)
n. pl. i·ma·goes or i·ma·gi·nes (-gə-nēz′)
1. An insect in its sexually mature adult stage after metamorphosis.
2. Psychology An often idealized image of a person, usually a parent, formed in childhood and persisting unconsciously into adulthood.
[Latin imāgō, imāgin-, image; see aim- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
i·magi·nal (ĭ-măjə-nəl, -mājə-, -mägə-) adj.
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