A Monarch chrysalis right before the butterfly emerges.
An example of chrysalis is the cocoon a caterpillar makes to become a butterfly.
nounpl. chry·sal′i·des· or chrys′a·lises
- the pupa of a butterfly, the form of the insect when between the larval and adult stages and in a case or cocoon
- the case or cocoon
- a stage of development when something or someone is still protected
Origin of chrysalisClassical Latin chrysallis from Gr, golden-colored chrysalis of a butterfly from chrysos, gold: of Semitic origin, originally , as in Akkadian ?ur??u, Classical Hebrew (language) h?r?z, gold, Aramaic har?, yellow
nounpl. chrys·a·lis·es, or chry·sal·i·des
- a. A pupa, especially of a butterfly.b. The hardened case of a pupa.
- A protected stage of development.
Origin of chrysalisLatin chrésallis from Greek khrūsallis khrūsallid- gold-colored pupa of a butterfly from khrūsos gold ; see chryso- .
(plural chrysalises or chrysalides)
From Ancient Greek χρυσαλλίς (khrusallis, “golden”), because of the color of some of them.