Pronunciation key

( kris’l-is )


n. [pl. CHRYSALISES (-iz), CHRYSALIDES (kri-salə-dēz′]

[L. chrysallis; Gr. chrysallis gold colored chrysalis of a butterfly < chrysos gold; of Semitic origin; cf. Phoenician-Hebrew hārūz, gold, Aramaic haraʽ, yellow].

  1. Intermediate stage between larval stage and adult in which some insects form a pupa, case or cocoon.
  2. The actual case or cocoon.
  3. In the midst of a formative stage or period of development.


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
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