noun, plural pupae [pyoo-pee] , pupas.
an insect in the nonfeeding, usually immobile, transformation stage between the larva and the imago.

1765–70; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin pūpa girl, doll, puppet. See pupil1, puppet

pupal, adjective
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pupa (ˈpjuːpə)
n , pl -pae, -pas
coarctate exarate See obtect an insect at the immobile nonfeeding stage of development between larva and adult, when many internal changes occur
[C19: via New Latin, from Latin: a doll, puppet]

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1773, "post-larval stage of an insect," special use by Linnæus (1758) of L. pupa "girl, doll, puppet" (see pupil (1)) on notion of "undeveloped creature."
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Plural pupae (py'pē)
An insect in the nonfeeding stage of development between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes a complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only certain kinds of insects, such as moths, butterflies, ants, and beetles, develop as larvae and pupae. Compare imago, larva, nymph.

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