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chrysalis

[ kris-uh-lis ]
/ 藞kr瑟s 蓹 l瑟s /
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noun, plural chrys路a路lis路es, chry路sal路i路des [kri-sal-i-deez]. /kr瑟藞s忙l 瑟藢diz/.
the hard-shelled pupa of a moth or butterfly; an obtect pupa.
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Origin of chrysalis

1650鈥60; <Latin chry虅salis<Greek chry虅sall铆s, equivalent to chry虅s-chrys- + -allis suffix, probably with diminutive value
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British Dictionary definitions for chrysalis

chrysalis
/ (藞kr瑟s蓹l瑟s) /

noun plural chrysalises or chrysalides (kr瑟藞s忙l瑟藢di藧z)
the obtect pupa of a moth or butterfly
anything in the process of developing

Word Origin for chrysalis

C17: from Latin chr盈sallis, from Greek khrusallis, from khrusos gold, of Semitic origin; compare Hebrew har奴z gold
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Scientific definitions for chrysalis

chrysalis
[ kr沫s蓹-l沫s ]

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.
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