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pupa

[pyoo-puh] /ˈpyu pə/
noun, plural pupae
[pyoo-pee] /ˈpyu pi/ (Show IPA),
pupas.
1.
an insect in the nonfeeding, usually immobile, transformation stage between the larva and the imago.
Origin
1765-1770
1765-70; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin pūpa girl, doll, puppet. See pupil1, puppet
Related forms
pupal, adjective
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Examples from the web for pupae
  • And you think of how helpless they are as eggs and pupae, when they are stuck in place, unable to take evasive action.
  • His group has previously created cyborg beetles, including ones that have been implanted with electronic components as pupae.
  • Even the silk that the pupae use to spin their cocoons can be chemically processed to become edible.
  • The caterpillars of many kinds of moths, however, spin silken cocoons around them and change into pupae before winter comes.
  • pupae are usually encased in protective cover for their next stage of growth.
British Dictionary definitions for pupae

pupa

/ˈpjuːpə/
noun (pl) -pae (-piː), -pas
1.
an insect at the immobile nonfeeding stage of development between larva and adult, when many internal changes occur See coarctate, exarate, obtect
Derived Forms
pupal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin, from Latin: a doll, puppet
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Word Origin and History for pupae

pupa

n.

"post-larval stage of an insect," 1773, special use by Linnæus (1758) of Latin pupa "girl, doll, puppet" (see pupil (n.1)) on notion of "undeveloped creature." Related: Pupal; pupiform.

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pupae in Science
pupa
  (py'pə)   

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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