from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The emergence of an adult insect from a pupal case or an insect larva from an egg.
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- n. The emergence of an insect from the pupa case, or of a larva from the egg
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of emerging from a covering or concealment; specifically, in entomology, the escape of an insect from the pupaor chrysalis-case.
French éclosion, from éclore, to open, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *exclaudere, to shut out : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin claudere, to shut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)