pre·​pu·​pa ˌprē-ˈpyü-pə How to pronounce prepupa (audio)
variants or pre-pupa
plural prepupae ˌprē-ˈpyü-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce prepupa (audio)
 also  -ˌpī
or pre-pupae or prepupas or pre-pupas
: the developmental stage of a metamorphic insect prior to entering the pupal stage (see pupa)
a prepupa of a moth
drosophila prepupa
prepupal adjective
or pre-pupal
prepupal larvae
the prepupal stage

Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prepupa was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Prepupa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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