pupa

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noun pu·pa \ˈpyü-pə\

Definition of pupa

plural

pupae

play \-(ˌ)pē also -ˌpī\ or

pupas

  1. :  an intermediate usually quiescent stage of a metamorphic insect (such 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

pupal

play \ˈpyü-pəl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of pupa

New Latin, from Latin pupa doll


PUPA Defined for English Language Learners

pupa

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Definition of pupa for English Language Learners

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


PUPA Defined for Kids

pupa

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noun pu·pa \ˈpyü-pə\

Definition of pupa for Students

plural

pupae

\-ˌpē\ or

pupas

  1. :  an insect (as a bee, moth, or beetle) in an intermediate inactive stage of its growth in which it is enclosed in a cocoon or case


Medical Dictionary

pupa

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noun pu·pa \ˈpyü-pə\

Medical Definition of pupa

plural

pupae

\-(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

pupal

\ˈpyü-pəl\play adjective


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