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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 of pupa
1765-1770
1765-70; < New 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 pupal
Historical Examples
  • Galeotheca: that part of the pupal case that covers the gales.

  • From the fruit this insect goes to the ground where the pupal stage is passed in the soil.

    Apple Growing M. C. Burritt
  • Watch the miller escape from the pupal case and describe it.

  • They resume their feeding in April, and change to the pupal state about the end of May.

    Butterflies and Moths

    William S. Furneaux
  • The moth passes the winter in the pupal state on leaves underneath the vine, emerging about the time grapes are blossoming.

  • If the inmate be in the pupal state, or even if it be ready to emerge in its perfect condition, the earwig will eat it.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • After the caterpillar ceases from feeding, it crawls aside for the purpose of assuming the pupal state.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • The pupal duration could not be determined closer than ten days, and this may be the usual length of time required for this stage.

  • It was early spring in the tropics; insect life was still in the gourmand stage, or that of pupal sleep.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • Here they molt again, or pupate as it is called, changing to a non-feeding, quiescent stage called the pupal stage.

British Dictionary definitions for pupal

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 pupal

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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pupal 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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