[ ek-suh-reyt ]
/ ˈɛk səˌreɪt /

adjective (of a pupa)

having the antennae, legs, and wings free.
Compare obtect.

Origin of exarate

First recorded in 1865–70, exarate is from the Latin word exarātus (past participle of exarāre to plow up). See ex-1, arable, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for exarate

/ (ˈɛksəˌreɪt) /


(of the pupa of such insects as ants and bees) having the legs, wings, antennae, etc, free and movable

Word Origin for exarate

C19: from Latin exārātus, literally: ploughed up (apparently referring to the way this type of pupa throws off the larval skin), from exārāre, from ārā plough
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