Etymology
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pupa (n.)

"post-larval stage of a metamorphosizing insect," 1773, a special use by Linnæus (1758) of Latin pupa "girl, doll, puppet" (see pupil (n.1)) on notion of "undeveloped creature." Related: Pupal; pupiform.

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Definitions of pupa

pupa (n.)
an insect in the inactive stage of development (when it is not feeding) intermediate between larva and adult;
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