American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The nonfeeding stage between the larva and adult in the metamorphosis of holometabolous insects, during which the larva typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The third and usually quiescent stage of those insects which undergo complete metamorphosis, intervening between the larval and the imaginal stage. It is usually called the second stage, the egg not being counted. Some pupæ, as those of mosquitoes, are active. The pupa of some insects is called a puparium, and of others a nymph or chrysalis. See these words. See also cuts under beetle, Carpocapsa, chinch-bug, Erotylus, and house-fly.
- n. A stage in the development of some other arthropods, as cirripeds. See locomotive pupa, below.
- n. [capitalized] In conchology, the typical genus of Pupidæ; the chrysalis - shells.
- n. See the adjectives.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any insect in that stage of its metamorphosis which usually immediately precedes the adult, or imago, stage.
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of air-breathing land snails having an elongated spiral shell.
- n. an insect in the inactive stage of development (when it is not feeding) intermediate between larva and adult
- From New Latin, from a special use of Latin pupa. (Wiktionary)
- Latin pūpa, girl, doll. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This time it forms a stiff, white cover and is called a pupa (PYOO-puh).”
“This time it forms a stiff, white cover and is called a pupa PYOO-puh.”
“The pupa of the gnat  also has 'respiratory trumpets' serving the same purpose, but these are a pair of processes on the prothorax, so that the pupa, which is fairly active, hangs from the surface-film with its abdomen pointing downwards through the water.”
“The name "pupa" or doll, was given to the creature in this stage, because long ago people thought the way in which insects are thus enclosed was somewhat like the way in which the babies used to be wrapped round in bandages or "swaddling clothes": it is also called a "chrysalis," because sometimes dotted with gold or pearly spots.”
“At last it really seems tired of eating, and after it has cast its skin four times, the fifth one becomes thick and hard, and the caterpillar hangs itself by a fine silken thread of its own spinning to a twig, and passes into its second stage -- that of the "pupa," or chrysalis, from which it will awaken, a thing of life and beauty, to live in the air instead of crawling.”
“Now these wings and other structures characteristic of the imago, appear in the pupa which is revealed by the shedding of the last larval cuticle.”
“After eating this delicate morsel it devours the honey in the cells of the bee and changes into a white, cylindrical, nearly footless grub, and after it is full-fed, and has assumed a supposed "pupa" state, the skin, without bursting, incloses a kind of hard "pupa" skin, which is very similar in outline to the former larva, within whose skin is found a whitish larva which directly changes into the true pupa.”
“Animal welfare officer Godric Marston climbed over a wire fence, about two metres high, to free the bitch which he kept calling "pupa" (doll).”
“| Reply not to rain on your pupa, JimO, but a Luna Moth emerges from a cocoon rather than a chrysalis; yet, what the heck ...”
“He felt that he was solidifying—a pupa becoming a wasp.”
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