American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chrysalis.
- adj. Relating to or resembling a chrysalis.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as chrysalis.
- Relating to a chrysalis.
- adj. of or relating to a chrysalis
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to a chrysalis; resembling a chrysalis.
- n. See chrysalis.
“During this interesting period, which might be called their chrysalid state, they are twisted and turned, sometimes sawn asunder, parts lopped off here and applied elsewhere, and all those radical changes made which would utterly destroy anything possessed of protean possibilities inferior to those of the common Western frame house.”
“Like the caterpillar who enters a chrysalid, we surrender to death to our ways and enter the maze of waiting, and if we wait patiently enough, in His time we emerge into the transformation needed, and wonderfully possible, in whatever phase of our lives we are.”
“Charlie was nearly two years old and I was emerging from the introverted, chrysalid stage of early motherhood.”
“It feels like a metamorphosis, and my phase as a chrysalid is nearing a close.”
“From the room across the hall she brought Celia, a chrysalid child, sleeping heavily, closely wrapped in an old plaid shawl, and laid her on Joel's bed.”
“But, for all that, there had been intervals, ere his thirteen years 'exile ended, in which, so far from regret, he experienced a certain joy at remembrance of this rough and rugged point of time where he had escaped from the chrysalid state to one of action and freedom and real life.”
“One might, perhaps, get a hint by watching the living chrysalid of a potential moon-moth wriggle back into its cocoon -- but little is to be learned from human teaching.”
“Somehow, someway, her caterpillar wormhood had carried, through the mummified chrysalid and the reincarnation of her present form, knowledge of an earlier, infinitely coarser diet.”
“He traced them from the worm to the chrysalid, in the cocoon, and thence to the moth; he found worms hatched from the eggs laid by these moths invariably developed the corpuscles.”
“Keats was famous and already gathered to the immortals at an age at which Shakespeare was still in the chrysalid stage of the actual buskin and sock.”
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