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Topic: INSECTS

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: chrysallis 'gold-colored chrysalis of some butterflies', from Greek, from chrysos 'gold'

chrysalis

noun
     
chrys‧a‧lis [countable]
HBI a moth or butterfly at the stage of development when it has a hard outer shell and is changing into its adult form
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