noun, plural pu·pae [pyoo-pee] /ˈpyu pi/, pu·pas.
Origin of pupa
Examples from the Web for pupal
After the caterpillar ceases from feeding, it crawls aside for the purpose of assuming the pupal state.Insect Architecture|James Rennie
The mere breaking of the pupal cell, leaving the earth in contact with the body of the pupa, is fatal to many.
Thus, temperature greatly influences the duration of the pupal period, which in Ceratophyllus fasciatus averages seventeen days.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
Watch the miller escape from the pupal case and describe it.An Elementary Study of Insects|Leonard Haseman
The pupal duration could not be determined closer than ten days, and this may be the usual length of time required for this stage.Journal of Entomology and Zoology|Horace Gunthorp
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.