[ UK /kɹˈɪsəlˌɪs/ ]
[ US /ˈkɹɪsəɫɪs/ ]
  1. pupa of a moth or butterfly enclosed in a cocoon
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How To Use chrysalis In A Sentence

  • After feeding, caterpillars pupate in a chrysalis, then transform into beautiful butterflies.
  • She says that when a caterpillar encases itself in its cocoon, tiny cells called imaginal cells begin to appear within the chrysalis. Love For No Reason
  • Closely related to each other, this kind of photography will show such things as the development of a flower, or the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis.
  • I counted half a dozen chrysalises outside this morning, and those caterpillars may take months to complete the metamorphosis because of the cold weather, but because of the warm, cozy conditions this one's found, I expect it to emerge as a beautiful Gulf fritillary butterfly sometime within the next two weeks. Archive 2009-12-01
  • Indeed, the next day we're ready to emerge from our chrysalis for some shopping in town.
  • A pupa is an insect in the intermediate stage between larva and adult; the term chrysalis is used of a butterfly or moth in this intermediate stage.
  • After a few hours, the skin splits again and a black hook grabs hold of the silk button, whilst the legs, mouth and antennae also fall off leaving the chrysalis. The Majestic Monarch Butterfly
  • This is when the female population of Scotland emerge chrysalis-like from their usual many layers of clothing to reveal unsuspected heights of comeliness.
  • The butterfly of the gospel has broken out of its chrysalis at Jerusalem and has flown to the centre of the civilised world.
  • Thus comes it that we take a final glance through two childish prison-houses, in far-separate Russian cities, wherein a youth and a maiden lie nightly dreaming the same dreams: one of them a spirit already bonded to the service of mind under the whip of circumstance: destined to storm rocky heights, from which hard-won eminences he shall command great views of sweeping plains and far-off mountain ranges; the other a pretty chrysalis on the eve of her change into a butterfly of butterflies; who is, nevertheless, to attempt flights overhigh and overfar for her frail wings; venturing to unfriendly lands whence she must return with frayed and tired pinions and a bruised and bleeding little soul. The Genius
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