from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a chrysalis.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word chrysaloid.


  • Another extraordinary phenomenon you cannot fail to observe in the children of the aristocracy; they seem to skip over the equivocal period, the neutral ground of human life, and emerge from the chrysaloid state of childhood, into the full and perfect _imago_ of little lords and gentlemen, and little ladies, without any of those intermediate conditions of laddism, hobble-de-hoyism, or bread-and-butterishness, so prominently characteristic of the approaching puberty of the rest of the rising generation.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 327, January, 1843 Various


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.