- 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.
Origin: ModL: so named by Carolus Linnaeus from L, girl, doll, probably from Indo-European an unverified form pup- from base an unverified form pu-, to swell up, inflate
- pupal adjective
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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
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