Meaning of “pupa” in the English Dictionary

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"pupa" in British English

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pupanoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpjuː.pə/ us /ˈpjuː.pə/ plural pupae uk /-piː/ us

an insect in the stage of development before it becomes an adult, during which is is contained in and protected by a hard covering called a cocoon and does not move:

a moth pupa
mosquito pupae
See also
pupal
adjective uk /ˈpjuː.pəl/ us /ˈpjuː.pəl/

the pupal stage of development

(Definition of “pupa” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)