Definition of chrysalis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkrɪsəlɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪsəlɪs//
(also chrysalid)
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the form of an insect, especially a butterfly or moth, while it is changing into an adult inside a hard case, also called a chrysalis compare pupa Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin chrysal(l)is, chrysal(l)id-, from Greek khrusallis, from khrusos ‘gold’ (because of the gold colour or metallic sheen of some pupae).
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