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ˈkrɪs ə lɪs; krɪˈsæl ɪˌdizchrysalis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chrysalisnoun

    pupa of a moth or butterfly enclosed in a cocoon


  1. chrysalisnoun

    the pupa of a butterfly or moth, enclosed inside a cocoon, in which metamorphosis takes place

  2. Etymology: From χρυσαλλίς, because of the color of some of them.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chrysalisnoun

    A term used by some naturalists for aurelia, or the first apparent change of the maggot of any species of insects. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: from χϱυσος, gold, because of the golden colour in the nymphæ of some insects.


  1. Chrysalis

    A pupa (Latin: pupa, "doll"; plural: pupae) is the life stage of some insects undergoing transformation between immature and mature stages. Insects that go through a pupal stage are holometabolous: they go through four distinct stages in their life cycle, the stages thereof being egg, larva, pupa, and imago. The processes of entering and completing the pupal stage are controlled by the insect's hormones, especially juvenile hormone, prothoracicotropic hormone, and ecdysone. The act of becoming a pupa is called pupation, and the act of emerging from the pupal case is called eclosion or emergence. The pupae of different groups of insects have different names such as chrysalis for the pupae of butterflies and tumbler for those of the mosquito family. Pupae may further be enclosed in other structures such as cocoons, nests, or shells.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chrysalisnoun

    the pupa state of certain insects, esp. of butterflies, from which the perfect insect emerges. See Pupa, and Aurelia (a)

  2. Etymology: [L. chrysallis the gold-colored pupa of butterflies, Gr. , fr. gold. Cf. Aurelia.]


  1. Chrysalis

    "Chrysalis" is the final episode of the first season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chrysalis

    kris′a-lis, Chrysalid, kris′a-lid, n. a term originally applied to the golden-coloured resting stages in the life-history of many butterflies, but sometimes extended to all forms of pupæ or nymphs: the shell whence the insect comes:—pl. Chrysal′ides (i-dēz).—adjs. Chrys′alid, Chrys′aline, Chrys′aloid. [Gr. chrysallischrysos, gold.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chrysalis in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chrysalis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Chrysalis in a Sentence

  1. Jack Wisdom:

    Just like a butterfly's chrysalis, this satellite was long dormant and suddenly became active, and the rings emerged.

  2. Jeff Goldblum:

    I don’t know anything about what I’m talking about. But let’s utter the word ‘entropy’ and ‘systems’ and how things break down, before the butterfly comes out of the chrysalis, the caterpillar has some convulsions, chaotic convulsions. But it’s not death, necessarily. It’s the onset of transformation.

  3. Nobuyuki Idei:

    Even if the numbers are small, I think (Code Chrysalis) can have a big impact.

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