- The definition of a pupa is the cocoon stage an insect goes through after the larval form and before the final form of the adult.
An example of a pupa is a caterpillar being enclosed in a cocoon.
pupa definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ModL: so named by Carolus Linnaeus ; from Classical Latin girl, doll, probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form pup- ; from base an unverified form pu-, to swell up, inflate
- pupal adjective
pupa definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pu·pae or pu·pas
Origin: Latin pūpa, girl, doll.
- puˈpal adjective
pupa - Science Definition
Plural pupae pupae
top: of a mourning cloak butterfly;
bottom: of a monarch butterfly