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



BrE BrE//ˈpjuːpə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːpə//
(pl. pupae
BrE BrE//ˈpjuːpiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːpiː//
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an insect in the stage of development between a larva and an adult insect compare chrysalis See related entries: Invertebrates Word Origin late 18th cent.: modern Latin, from Latin pupa ‘girl, doll’.
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