from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Used as a specific epithet
- n. an insect in its development stage between a larva and an adult.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any insect in that stage of its metamorphosis which usually immediately precedes the adult, or imago, stage.
- n. A genus of air-breathing land snails having an elongated spiral shell.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an insect in the inactive stage of development (when it is not feeding) intermediate between larva and adult
Latin pūpa, girl, doll.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from a special use of Latin pupa. (Wiktionary)