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 pupate (audio) \ noun

Examples of pupate in a Sentence

Unlike most butterflies, this species pupates underground.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Quarantined with other members of their strain, the flies mate and lay eggs, which hatch, pupate and reproduce, continuing the cycle. Star Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 Plastic tarps or heavy mulch layers in place during nut drop can prevent or inhibit larvae from entering the soil to pupate. oregonlive, 25 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of pupate

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Pupate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pupate. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pupate

: to become a pupa


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