Pupa definition

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An insect in the nonfeeding stage of development between the last larval and adult forms, characterized by many anatomical changes and, often, by enclosure in a cell or cocoon.
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An insect in the nonfeeding stage between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only insects that undergo complete metamorphosis have pupal stages.
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An insect in the nonfeeding stage of development between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes a complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only certain kinds of insects, such as moths, butterflies, ants, and beetles, develop as larvae and pupae.
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An insect in its development stage between a larva and an adult.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Acteonidae.
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An insect in the nonfeeding stage between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only insects that undergo complete metamorphosis have pupal stages.
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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pupa
Plural:
pup, pupae, pupas

Origin of pupa

  • Latin pūpa girl, doll

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin, from a special use of Latin pupa.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin pupa (“doll, little girl")

    From Wiktionary