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pupa

[ pyoo-puh ]
/ ˈpyu pə /
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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.
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Origin of pupa

1765–70; <New Latin, special use of Latin pūpa girl, doll, puppet. See pupil1, puppet

OTHER WORDS FROM pupa

pupal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pupa

pupa
/ (ˈpjuːpə) /

noun plural -pae (-piː) or -pas
an insect at the immobile nonfeeding stage of development between larva and adult, when many internal changes occurSee coarctate, exarate, obtect

Derived forms of pupa

pupal, adjective

Word Origin for pupa

C19: via New Latin, from Latin: a doll, puppet
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Scientific definitions for pupa

pupa
[ pyōōpə ]

Plural pupae (pyōō)
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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