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Topic: INSECTS

Date: 1700-1800
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Latin, 'girl, doll'

pupa

noun
     
pu‧pa plural pupae also pupas American English [countable]
HBI an insect at the stage before it becomes adult, when it is protected by a special cover:
moth pupae
pupal adjective [only before noun]
the pupal stage
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