chrysalis
Pronunciation
  • enPR: krĭʹsəlĭs, IPA: /ˈkɹɪsəlɪs/
Noun

chrysalis (plural chrysalises or chrysalides)

  1. The pupa#Noun|pupa of a butterfly#Noun|butterfly or moth#Noun|moth, enclosed inside a cocoon#Noun|cocoon, in which metamorphosis#Noun|metamorphosis takes place
    • 1929, M. Barnard Eldershaw, A House Is Built, Chapter VII, Section viii
      Fanny was afraid. She was like an insect new-hatched from its chrysalis, naked and unprotected in a dawn she could not face.
  2. The cocoon itself.
  3. (figurative) A strong constraint.
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