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pupa Line breaks: pupa
Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːpə/

Definition of pupa in English:

noun (plural pupae ˈpjuːpiː)

An insect in its inactive immature form between larva and adult, e.g. a chrysalis.
Example sentences
  • These snakes feed on smaller prey - the larvae, pupae, and adults of ants and termites - and they do so remarkably fast.
  • In most species for which detailed dietary information is available, ant larvae and pupae represent the most important food resource.
  • The house fly has complete metamorphosis: egg, larvae, pupae and adult.


Pronunciation: /ˈpjuːp(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Prior to pupal emergence, brood combs were placed in an incubator and newly emerged workers were paint-marked on the thorax.
  • Emerged adult Axarus and shed pupal exuviae were removed from the trap daily.
  • The type of pupation site selected by larvae also affects pupal survival of D. melanogaster.


Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin pupa 'girl, doll'.

Words that rhyme with pupa

blooper, cooper, Cowper, duper, grouper, Hooper, looper, pea-souper, scooper, snooper, stupa, stupor, super, trooper, trouper, whooper
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