pupate

verb

pu·​pate ˈpyü-ˌpāt How to pronounce pupate (audio)
pupated; pupating

intransitive verb

: to become a pupa : pass through a pupal stage
pupation noun

Example Sentences

Unlike most butterflies, this species pupates underground.
Recent Examples on the Web The lake is known for thick, black clusters of brine flies by the billions, which pupate in its salty water then gather in dense mats to reproduce on shore. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 But before that, some of the larvae drop into soil to pupate in the winter, a process that is supposed to begin in the next few weeks. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2022 The larvae drop to the ground later in summer to pupate and emerge as adult moths the following spring. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Mature larvae move down the tree in search of a place to pupate and can be trapped in the sticky substance. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 The larvae mature in their nasal nurseries, then fall to the ground and pupate in the environment before transforming into parasitic pests. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2022 During spring, larvae mature and pupate in a cell of soil particles. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 The larvae later drop to the ground to pupate in summer and emerge as adults the following spring. Hannah Herrera Greenspan, chicagotribune.com, 9 June 2021 The larvae later drop to the ground in order to pupate in summer and emerge as adults the following spring. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 23 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pupate was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Pupate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pupate. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

pupate

verb
pu·​pate ˈpyü-ˌpāt How to pronounce pupate (audio)
pupated; pupating
: to become a pupa : pass through the stage of the pupa
pupation noun
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