from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the form of an insect imago.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or relating to the imagination, or to a mental image.
- adj. Of or relating to the insect imago.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Characterized by imagination; imaginative; also, given to the use or rhetorical figures or imagins.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an imago.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by imagination; imaginative.
- Given to the use of rhetorical figures or images.
- In entomology, of or pertaining to the imago or perfect state of an insect.
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Corbin coined the word imaginal to name this other world.
She says that when a caterpillar encases itself in its cocoon, tiny cells called imaginal cells begin to appear within the chrysalis.
There's an imbalance between consumption and its metabolic needs and within the body of the caterpillar, there are a few cells that scientists refer to as the imaginal cells, as in they're imagining or dreaming a new reality.
Thus in certain Diptera (two winged flies) the legs, wings, eyes, &c., are derived from masses of formative tissue (termed imaginal disks), which by their mutual approximation together build up parts of the head and body,  recalling to mind the development of
Surprise might be greater did the observers realise that the imaginal is the normal hibernating stage for these species.
Science studies phenomena in the material world, the realm of the measurable and weighable, while spirituality and true religion draw their inspiration from experiential knowledge of the aspect of the world that Jungians refer to as "imaginal," to distinguish it from imaginary products of individual fantasy or psychopathology.
Our participation is imaginal; we are not inactive in this contemplation, but it is as if the work operated on us since we have to look through the poem at the thing it show us, to forget the printed page before us.
How we create truly effective imaginal cells and how quickly we deploy them to scale will have much to do with our future fate.
Most essentially, we must engage in imaginal cell creation in relation to what we seek to build for our own future.
Like the butterfly, we are in critical need of imaginal cells.