- the hard-shelled pupa of a moth or butterfly; an obtect pupa.
Origin of chrysalis
Examples from the Web for chrysalides
In the fall they turned into chrysalides, which I kept all the winter.
Why are insects in the "pupa" stage also called "chrysalides?"The Reason Why
When your caterpillars are full-sized they will transform into chrysalides.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work
Mary Rogers Miller
In form the chrysalides of butterflies and moths are as variable as the caterpillars.
The chrysalides are often hairy, though some of them are perfectly smooth.
- the obtect pupa of a moth or butterfly
- anything in the process of developing
Word Origin and History for chrysalides
c.1600, from Latin chrysallis, from Greek khrysallis (genitive khrysallidos) "golden colored pupa of the butterfly," from khrysos "gold," perhaps of Semitic origin (cf. Hebrew and Phoenician harutz "gold") + second element meaning something like "sheath." Seeking a plural, OED leans toward the classically correct chrysalides.
- 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.
- The case or cocoon of a chrysalis.