[ kris-uh-lid ]
/ ˈkrɪs ə lɪd /


a chrysalis.


of a chrysalis.

Origin of chrysalid

1770–80; representing stem of Greek chrȳsallís chrysalis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chrysalid

  • Wachique was set in front of her, to receive tante-gra'mère when the potentate's chrysalid should be lowered.

    Old Kaskaskia|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • He stood up and ended the chrysalid's strugglings with a bolt from his heat-gun before extending a hand to help Farrell up.

    Pet Farm|Roger Dee
  • The chrysalid children are clamoring, clamoring always for their birth: a wide melody unheard.

    I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
  • "A chrysalid," Stryker said, bending to gauge the damage Farrell's heavy boot had done.

    Pet Farm|Roger Dee

British Dictionary definitions for chrysalid


/ (ˈkrɪsəlɪd) /


another name for chrysalis

adjective Also: chrysalidal (krɪˈsælɪdəl)

of or relating to a chrysalis
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Word Origin and History for chrysalid



"pertaining to a chrysalis," c.1810, see chrysalis. As a noun variant of chrysalis, 1620s, perhaps from Middle French chrysalide.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper