pupate

verb
pu·pate | \ ˈpyü-ˌpāt \
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 \ noun

Examples of pupate in a Sentence

Unlike most butterflies, this species pupates underground.

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Overwintering larvae deep in the soil move toward the surface in spring to feed on roots, pupating in early summer. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Defend Your Garden Against Japanese Beetles," 26 Jan. 2018 Week 3 Big news this week: One caterpillar had attached himself by silk thread on the underside of a leaf to pupate. Larell Scardelli, Good Housekeeping, "How To Raise Monarch Butterflies—And Why You'd Want To," 8 Sep. 2017 One of them turns its caterpillar hosts into undead bodyguards that will defend pupating young wasps that just ate through its body. Christie Wilcox, Scientific American, "How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies," 1 May 2017 Groups of the caterpillars begin to move down the trunk and look for a place to pupate in leaf litter or the ground. NOLA.com, "Ouch! 4 common stinging caterpillars in Louisiana and how to avoid them," 23 June 2017 In other cases, though, the caterpillar will have already itself begun pupating in its cocoon. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Absurd Creature of the Week: It’s Not a Jewel—It’s the World’s Most Stunning Caterpillar," 30 Oct. 2015

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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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