Meaning of CHRYSALIS in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈkri-sə-ləs ]


( plural chry·sal·i·des kri-ˈsa-lə-ˌdēz ; or chrys·a·lis·es )

Etymology: Latin chrysallid-, chrysallis gold-colored pupa of butterflies, from Greek, from chrysos gold, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew ḥārūṣ gold

Date: 1601


a. : a pupa of a butterfly ; broadly : an insect pupa

b. : the enclosing case or covering of a pupa

2. : a protecting covering : a sheltered state or stage of being or growth

a budding writer could not emerge from his chrysalis too soon — William Du Bois


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