pu·​par·​i·​um pyü-ˈper-ē-əm How to pronounce puparium (audio)
plural puparia pyü-ˈper-ē-ə How to pronounce puparium (audio)
: a rigid outer shell formed from the larval skin that covers some pupae (as of a dipteran fly)

Word History


New Latin, from pupa

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puparium was in 1815

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“Puparium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puparium. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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