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chrysalis

[kris-uh-lis] /ˈkrɪs ə lɪs/
noun, plural chrysalises, chrysalides
[kri-sal-i-deez] /krɪˈsæl ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the hard-shelled pupa of a moth or butterfly; an obtect pupa.
Origin of chrysalis
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin chrȳsalis < Greek chrȳsallís, equivalent to chrȳs- chrys- + -allis suffix, probably with diminutive value
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Examples from the Web for chrysalides
Historical Examples
  • In the fall they turned into chrysalides, which I kept all the winter.

  • Why are insects in the "pupa" stage also called "chrysalides?"

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  • When your caterpillars are full-sized they will transform into chrysalides.

  • In form the chrysalides of butterflies and moths are as variable as the caterpillars.

    Butterflies and Moths

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  • The chrysalides are often hairy, though some of them are perfectly smooth.

    Butterflies and Moths

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  • The chrysalides are armed with short spines projecting from the segments.

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  • The caterpillars are to be found in June, and the chrysalides in July.

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  • There is another feature concerning the chrysalides worthy of note.

    Butterflies and Moths

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  • A like chance presented with the pupæ of their slave race was eagerly seized, and the chrysalides carried off.

  • Thus, the perfect insects have only four walking legs, the caterpillars are all spiny, and the chrysalides are angular.

    Butterflies and Moths

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British Dictionary definitions for chrysalides

chrysalis

/ˈkrɪsəlɪs/
noun (pl) chrysalises, chrysalides (krɪˈsælɪˌdiːz)
1.
the obtect pupa of a moth or butterfly
2.
anything in the process of developing
Word Origin
C17: from Latin chrӯsallis, from Greek khrusallis, from khrusos gold, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew harūz gold
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Word Origin and History for chrysalides

chrysalis

n.

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.

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chrysalides in Science
chrysalis
  (krĭs'ə-lĭs)   
  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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