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verb (used without object), pu·pat·ed, pu·pat·ing.
  1. to become a pupa.
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Origin of pupate

First recorded in 1875–80; pup(a) + -ate1
Related formspu·pa·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Pupate, Pupation: to become a pupa: the act of becoming a pupa.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • In about two weeks from the time of pupation, the moths appear.

  • The caterpillar lives with the ichneumon grubs within it usually until nearly time for its pupation.

  • He adds that caterpillars measuring about an inch in length when collected, were preparing for pupation a week later.

  • When mature, it often leaves its burrow and wanders in search of a suitable place for pupation.

British Dictionary definitions for pupation


  1. (intr) (of an insect larva) to develop into a pupa
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Derived Formspupation, noun
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Word Origin and History for pupation


1837, noun of action from pupate (v.).

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1864, from pupa + -ate (2). Related: Pupated; pupating.

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