Definition of chrysalis noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

chrysalis

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈkrɪsələs//
 
(also chrysalid
NAmE//ˈkrɪsəlɪd//
 
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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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chrysalis