• (RP) IPA: /ɪˈmeɪɡəʊ/, /ɪˈmɑːɡəʊ/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɪˈmeɪɡoʊ/, /ɪˈmɑɡoʊ/


  1. (entomology) The final developmental stage of an insect after undergoing metamorphosis.
    • 1973, Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
      ‘But still,’ he said to himself, drawing the metamorphoses of a red admiral, egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and imago on his pad, ‘what shall I say to him when we meet?’
  2. (psychology) An idealised concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unconsciously into adult life, the basis for the psychological formation of personality archetypes.
  • Italian: imago

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