An example of a pupa is a caterpillar being enclosed in a cocoon.
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")