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/ ˈpyu peɪt /
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verb (used without object), pu·pat·ed, pu·pat·ing.
to become a pupa.
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OTHER WORDS FROM pupatepu·pa·tion, noun
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How to use pupate in a sentence
To see whether it was essential that the exposure should take place immediately after pupation, in order to effect any change.
Chrysalides of Papilio Ajax in the same box, and partly exposed very soon after pupation, were not injured.
Ten days later the caterpillar (8.5 centimeters in length), ceases to feed, and prepares for pupation.
The first moult takes place after four days, the caterpillar now acquiring the marking which it essentially retains to pupation.
The moth emerges in March or April of the year following pupation, as a rule, but it may remain in the chrysalis for two winters.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series|Richard South
British Dictionary definitions for pupate
/ (pjuːˈpeɪt) /
(intr) (of an insect larva) to develop into a pupa
Derived forms of pupatepupation, noun
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