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chrys·a·lis

chrysalis

 
pronunciation:
krI s lihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: chrysalides, chrysalises
definition: the hard outside covering on a moth or butterfly while it is a pupa, the stage before it becomes an adult with wings. Many kinds of moths and butterflies make a chrysalis instead of a cocoon. Chrysalis is also sometimes used as another name for the pupa itself.
 
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