from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pupa, especially of a moth or butterfly, enclosed in a firm case or cocoon.
- n. A protected stage of development.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The pupa of a butterfly or moth, enclosed inside a cocoon, in which metamorphosis takes place
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The pupa state of certain insects, esp. of butterflies, from which the perfect insect emerges. See pupa, and aurelia (a).
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pupa of a moth or butterfly enclosed in a cocoon
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)
From Ancient Greek χρυσαλλίς ("golden"), because of the color of some of them. (Wiktionary)