noun, plural pu·pae [pyoo-pee] /ˈpyu pi/, pu·pas.
Origin of pupa
Examples from the Web for pupa
Historical Examples of pupa
Gasterotheca: that part of the pupa case that covers the abdomen.
Podotheca: that part of pupa that covers the legs of future adult.
Pre-pupal: that stage in the larva just preceding the change to pupa.
Pupate, Pupation: to become a pupa: the act of becoming a pupa.
Pselaphotheca: that part of the pupa which covers the palpi.
noun plural -pae (-piː) or -pas
Word Origin for pupa
"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.