chrysalis

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chrysalis   (krĭs'ə-lĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The pupa of certain kinds of insects, especially of moths and butterflies, that is inactive and enclosed in a firm case or cocoon from which the adult eventually emerges.

  2. The case or cocoon of a chrysalis.


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