noun (plural chrysalises)
- 1A quiescent insect pupa, especially of a butterfly or moth: the transformation from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and, finally, adultMore example sentences
- Don't tidy up too much in the fall; whether a butterfly overwinters as egg, caterpillar, chrysalis or adult, it needs a place to hibernate during the cold months.
- In this nonfeeding condition it is called a pupa or chrysalis.
- The only chrysalises we eat in Korea are from silkworms.
- 1.1The hard outer case enclosing a chrysalis: the splitting of the chrysalis and the slow unfolding of the wingsMore example sentences
- Only then do they desist, becoming immobile in a hard chrysalis suspended from a leaf or stem of the larval host plant until emerging as an adult butterfly.
- It appeared to be drying off its wings after emerging from its chrysalis and was happy to pose for a picture before flying off.
- Release the butterfly where it was captured as soon as it emerges from its chrysalis.
- 1.2A transitional state: she emerged from the chrysalis of self-conscious adolescenceMore example sentences
- Already, the gross excrescence that is slowly emerging from its chrysalis is provoking horror among local residents, as its impact on a once gracious townscape becomes evident.
- It was as though the dance had not yet fully emerged from a too-cool chrysalis.
- Indeed, the next day we're ready to emerge from our chrysalis for some shopping in town.
early 17th century: 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).
More definitions of chrysalisDefinition of chrysalis in:
- The US English dictionary