[pyoo-puh] /ˈpyu pə/
noun, plural pupae
[pyoo-pee] /ˈpyu pi/ (Show IPA), pupas.
an insect in the nonfeeding, usually immobile, transformation stage between the larva and the imago.
noun (pl) -pae (-piː), -pas
an insect at the immobile nonfeeding stage of development between larva and adult, when many internal changes occur See coarctate, exarate, obtect
“post-larval stage of an insect,” 1773, special use by Linnæus (1758) of Latin pupa “girl, doll, puppet” (see pupil (n.1)) on notion of “undeveloped creature.” Related: Pupal; pupiform.
Plural pupae (py’pē)
An insect in the nonfeeding stage of development between the larva and adult, during which it typically undergoes a complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case. Only certain kinds of insects, such as moths, butterflies, ants, and beetles, develop as larvae and pupae. Compare imago, larva, nymph.
/pjuːˈpɛərɪəm/ noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə) 1. a hard barrel-shaped case enclosing the pupae of the housefly and other dipterous insects
[pyoo-peyt] /ˈpyu peɪt/ verb (used without object), pupated, pupating. 1. to become a . /pjuːˈpeɪt/ verb 1. (intransitive) (of an insect larva) to develop into a pupa v. 1864, from pupa + -ate (2). Related: Pupated; pupating.
[pyoo-peyt] /ˈpyu peɪt/ verb (used without object), pupated, pupating. 1. to become a . /pjuːˈpeɪt/ verb 1. (intransitive) (of an insect larva) to develop into a pupa n. 1837, noun of action from pupate (v.). v. 1864, from pupa + -ate (2). Related: Pupated; pupating.
[puhp-fish] /ˈpʌpˌfɪʃ/ noun, plural (especially collectively) pupfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) pupfishes. 1. any of several tiny, stout killifishes of the genus Cyprinodon, inhabiting marshy waters in arid areas of western North America: several species are endangered.