Meaning of CHRYSALIS in English


[ 'krɪs(ə)lɪs ]

■ noun ( plural ~es ) a dormant insect pupa, especially of a butterfly or moth.

↘the hard outer case enclosing a ~.


C17: from L. chrysal(l)is , chrysal(l)id- , from Gk khrusallis , from khrusos 'gold' (because of the metallic sheen of some pupae).

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