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pupa

noun [C]     /ˈpjuː.pə/ (plural pupae /-piː/ )
an insect in the stage of development that happens before it is completely developed, during which it is contained and protected by a hard covering called a cocoon and does not move: a moth pupa mosquito pupae → See also chrysalisThe development and parts of insects pupal     /-pəl/ adjective the pupal stage of developmentThe development and parts of insects
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