prepupa

[ pree-pyoo-puh ]
/ priˈpyu pə /

noun, plural pre·pu·pae [pree-pyoo-pee] /priˈpyu pi/, pre·pu·pas.

an insect in the nonfeeding, inactive stage between the larval period and the pupal period.

Origin of prepupa

From New Latin, dating back to 1920–25; see origin at pre-, pupa

Related forms

pre·pu·pal, adjective
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