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.

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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 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 Several will work together and mine the tissue between leaf covers, then use their silk thread to roll up leaves, continue eating and finally pupate over the winter. 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 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," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of pupate

1862, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near pupate

puparial

puparium

pupa shell

pupate

pupfish

Pupidae

pupiferous

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The first known use of pupate was in 1862

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pupate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pupate

biology : to become a pupa

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