American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pupa, especially of a moth or butterfly, enclosed in a firm case or cocoon.
- n. A protected stage of development.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form which butterflies, moths, and most other insects assume when they abandon the larval or caterpillar state and before they arrive at their winged or perfect state; specifically, the pupa of a butterfly. In the chrysalis form the animal is in a state of rest or insensibility, and exists without nutriment for a length of time varying with the species and season. During this period an elaboration is going on in the interior of the chrysalis, giving to the organs of the future animal their proper development before it breaks its envelop. The form of the case of the chrysalis varies with different families and orders. Those of most lepidopterous insects are inclosed in a somewhat horny membranous case, and generally of a more or less angular form, pointed at the abdominal end and sometimes at both ends. Before the caterpillar undergoes its transformation into this state it often spins for itself a silken cocoon, within which the chrysalis is concealed. In most of the Coleoptera the legs of the chrysalis are in distinct sheaths; in the Lepidoptera they are not distinct; in the locust tribe, and many other insects, the chrysalis resembles the perfect insect, and differs from the latter principally in not having the wings complete. Also called chrysalid, chrysalidan, nymph, pupa, and formerly
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The pupa state of certain insects, esp. of butterflies, from which the perfect insect emerges. See pupa, and aurelia (a).
- n. pupa of a moth or butterfly enclosed in a cocoon
- From Ancient Greek χρυσαλλίς ("golden"), because of the color of some of them. (Wiktionary)
- Latin chrȳsallis, from Greek khrūsallis, khrūsallid-, gold-colored pupa of a butterfly, from khrūsos, gold; see chryso-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As soon as it is grown big enough and fat enough, the grub hangs itself up as a "chrysalis" which is a Greek word that may be freely rendered into "golden jewel.”
“The chrysalis is what the silkworm becomes when it finishes spinning its cocoon.”
“We also never hear the word chrysalis without thinking of Miss Waterman.”
“For insects produce a scolex first; the scolex after developing becomes egg-like (for the so-called chrysalis or pupa is equivalent to an egg); then from this it is that a perfect animal comes into being, reaching the end of its development in the second change.”
“A moth just issuing from his chrysalis is the only being which seems to have felt his soporific influence; whereas the other god I have mentioned may vaunt the glory of subduing the most formidable of animals.”
“Moth caterpillars spin a cocoon while butterfly larvae form a leathery shell called a chrysalis.”
“The metaphor for 'chrysalis' as a bass fiddle with no strings and a small pistol" is so profoundly smart, and on the mark!”
“Equipped with a fiscally responsible and well-paid wife I did actually give up a perfectly good day job to ‘become a writer’ as if some kind of chrysalis was involved.”
“In the nymphalid butterflies, the pupa is often called a 'chrysalis' on account of the golden hue displayed by the cuticle, and the term”
“Why should the fact that a given kind of chrysalis in a given condition will always become a butterfly within a certain time be connected with memory, when it is not pretended that memory has anything to do with the invariableness with which oxygen and hydrogen when mixed in certain proportions make water?”
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