This image shows the process in which a caterpillar forms into a pupa.
An example of a pupa is a caterpillar being enclosed in a cocoon.
nounpl. -·pae or -·pas
Origin of pupaModL: so named by Linnaeus from L, girl, doll, probably from Indo-European an unverified form pup- from base an unverified form pu-, to swell up, inflate
nounpl. pu·pae, or pu·pas
Origin of pupaLatin pūpa girl, doll
(plural pupas or pupae or pupÃ¦)
From New Latin, from a special use of Latin pupa.
From Latin pupa (“doll, little girl")