pu·pate

verb \ˈpyü-ˌpāt\

pu·pat·edpu·pat·ing
intransitive verb
: to become a pupa : pass through a pupal stage

pu·pa

noun \ˈpyü-pə\

plural pu·pae\-(ˌ)pē also -ˌpī\ or pupas

: an intermediate usually quiescent stage of a metamorphic insect (as a bee, moth, or beetle) that occurs between the larva and the imago, is usually enclosed in a cocoon or protective covering, and undergoes internal changes

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