EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural pu·pae , [ pyoo-pee] /ˈpyu pi/ pu·pas. an insect in the nonfeeding, usually immobile, transformation stage between the larva and the imago. Origin of pupa 1765–70;
special use of
girl, doll, puppet. See
puppet Related forms pu·pal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pupae Historical Examples of pupae British Dictionary definitions for pupae noun plural -pae ( -piː) or -pas an insect at the immobile nonfeeding stage of development between larva and adult, when many internal changes occur See coarctate, exarate, obtect Derived Forms pupal, adjective Word Origin for pupa
C19: via New Latin, from Latin: a doll, puppet
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Word Origin and History for pupae n.
"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.
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Plural pupae ( pyōō) ′pē An insect in the nonfeeding stage of development between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes a complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only certain kinds of insects, such as moths, butterflies, ants, and beetles, develop as larvae and pupae. Compare imago larva nymph.
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