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[pyoo-peyt] /ˈpyu peɪt/
verb (used without object), pupated, pupating.
to become a pupa.
Origin of pupate
1875-80; pup(a) + -ate1
Related forms
pupation, noun Unabridged
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  • At this stage of its development, a blowfly maggot stops feeding and migrates away from the food source to pupate.
  • The pests pupate during the summer in the same trees they infested as caterpillars.
  • First, that's where uninfected caterpillars pupate and turn into adults.
  • When mature, they burrow out of the skin, drop to the ground and pupate.
  • When nearly mature, the caterpillars leave the web and burrow inside the flower stems where they pupate.
  • Eventually the larva bore into the inner bark to feed and pupate.
  • They stay in this chamber over winter and pupate in the spring, turning into adult beetles.
  • The larva drops and enters the ground to pupate and remains there until the following spring.
  • The caterpillars feed for about six to eight weeks and then pupate in a protected area.
  • Later in the summer, they spin silken shelters in which they feed and pupate.
British Dictionary definitions for pupate


(intransitive) (of an insect larva) to develop into a pupa
Derived Forms
pupation, noun
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Word Origin and History for pupate

1864, from pupa + -ate (2). Related: Pupated; pupating.

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