noun, plural pu·pae [pyoo-pee] /ˈpyu pi/, pu·pas.
Origin of pupa
Examples from the Web for pupa
It makes regular slave-raids upon the nests of the small brown ants, and carries off the young in their pupa condition.Falling in Love|Grant Allen
In their wild journeyings on and on before spinning the pupa shroud, they fall victims in attempting to cross streams.
Our cut (Fig. 28, a) also represents the pupa, or chrysalis, as seen lying in its cell.Our Common Insects|Alpheus Spring Packard
The term is applied to the natural protective covering of seed-vessels, and of a pupa or chrysalis.
Nototheca: that part of the pupa covering upper surface of abdomen.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for pupa
noun plural -pae (-piː) or -pas
Word Origin for pupa
Word Origin and History 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.