pupate

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

Definition of pupate

intransitive verb

: to become a pupa : pass through a pupal stage

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Other Words from pupate

pupation \ pyü-​ˈpā-​shən How to pronounce pupation (audio) \ noun

Examples of pupate in a Sentence

Unlike most butterflies, this species pupates underground.
Recent Examples on the Web Some caddisflies build cases out of rocks and shells from their native rivers and streams and pupate inside after sealing them up. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How a caterpillar becomes a butterfly: Metamorphosis, explained," 11 Aug. 2020 By autumn, the caterpillars had wolfed down the leaves, pupated and flown away, leaving our thistle fields in tatters. Isabella Tree, Time, "How to Return a Farm to the Wild—And Maybe Save the Planet," 3 Oct. 2019 Wise, a biologist and a professor at Roanoke College, had been in his campus lab methodically dissecting pieces of goldenrod and collecting the fly larvae that was burrowed within waiting to pupate and emerge, fully formed, into the world. Alicia Petska, Washington Post, "Roanoke College professor researches tiny flying larvae," 13 Sep. 2019 When the larvae are about ten weeks old, those not destined to pupate, and thus provide the next generation of mealworms, are sorted, cleaned and steamed to death. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 When the larvae are about ten weeks old, those not destined to pupate, and thus provide the next generation of mealworms, are sorted, cleaned and steamed to death. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 When the larvae are about ten weeks old, those not destined to pupate, and thus provide the next generation of mealworms, are sorted, cleaned and steamed to death. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 Others say raking any leaves up in the fall to get rid of pupating Caloptilia syringella is the way to control their populations. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s going on with those blotchy brown spots on your lilac bush," 12 July 2019 When the larvae are about ten weeks old, those not destined to pupate, and thus provide the next generation of mealworms, are sorted, cleaned and steamed to death. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of pupate

1862, in the meaning defined above

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15 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pupate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pupate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for pupate

pupate

verb
How to pronounce pupate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pupate

biology : to become a pupa

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