- The definition of a chrysalis is a hard shell spun by a caterpillar, moth or other insect in which a transformation or growth takes place.
An example of chrysalis is the cocoon a caterpillar makes to become a butterfly.
A Monarch chrysalis right before the butterfly emerges.
chrysalis definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin chrysallis ; from Classical Greek golden-colored chrysalis of a butterfly ; from chrysos, gold: of Semitic origin, originally , as in Akkadian ḫurāṣu, Classical Hebrew (language) hārūz, gold, Aramaic harā, yellow
chrysalis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. chrys·a·lis·es or chry·sal·i·des
- A pupa, especially of a moth or butterfly, enclosed in a firm case or cocoon.
- A protected stage of development.
Origin: Latin chrȳsallis, from Greek khrūsallis, khrūsallid-, gold-colored pupa of a butterfly, from khrūsos, gold; see chryso-.
chrysalis - Science Definition
- The pupa of certain kinds of insects, especially of moths and butterflies, that is inactive and enclosed in a firm case or cocoon from which the adult eventually emerges.
- The case or cocoon of a chrysalis.