pupa

noun pu·pa \ ˈpyü-pə \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pupa

plural pupae play \ˈpyü-(ˌ)pē also -ˌpī\ or pupas
: 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

noun

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

noun pu·pa \ ˈpyü-pə \

Definition of pupa for Students

plural pupae \-ˌpē\ or pupas
: 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

noun pu·pa \ ˈpyü-pə \

medical Definition of pupa

plural pupae play \-(ˌ)pē, -ˌpī\ or pupas
: 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

play \ˈpyü-pəl\ adjective


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