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pupa

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noun pu·pa \ˈpyü-pə\

Simple Definition of pupa

  • biology : an insect that is in the stage of development between larva and adult

Full Definition of pupa

plural pu·pae play \-(ˌ)pē also -ˌpī\ or pupas

  1. :  an intermediate usually quiescent stage of a metamorphic insect (as a bee, moth, or beetle) that occurs between the larva and the imago, is usually enclosed in a cocoon or protective covering, and undergoes internal changes by which larval structures are replaced by those typical of the imago

pu·pal play \ˈpyü-pəl\ adjective

Origin of pupa

New Latin, from Latin pupa doll


First Known Use: 1815

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pupa

play
noun pu·pa \ˈpyü-pə\

Medical Definition of pupa

plural pu·pae \-(ˌ)pē, -ˌpī\play play or pupas

  1. :  an intermediate usually quiescent stage of an insect that occurs between the larva and the imago in forms (as a bee, moth, or beetle) which undergo complete metamorphosis and that is characterized by internal changes by which larval structures are replaced by those typical of the imago

  2. pu·pal \ˈpyü-pəl\play adjective




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